Work Experience:

  • Special Projects Manager, Malama O Puna, 2020
  • Hawaii County Council Member & Chair of the Environmental Management Committee, 2016-2018
  • Owner, Dakini Enterprises, Consultancy, (Previously Grower of Organic “Mr. Wholesome” Tomatoes & Cut-Flower Orchids), 1986-present
  • Adjunct Faculty and past Affiliate Faculty, UH-Hilo – CAFNRM & CoBE, 1997-present
  • Visiting Professor, DeVry University Online, 2007-present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Purdue Global University, School of Legal Studies, 2011-present
  • Office Manager and Community Liaison, State Senate, 2012-13
  • Business Development Specialist, Pacific Biodiesel & Big Island Biodiesel, 2007-2011
  • Contract Manager, Hawai`i State, Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation, 2006-2007
  • Recycling Coordinator, County of Hawai`i, Dept. of Environmental Management, 2003-2006
  • Executive Director, Recycle Hawai`i, 2002-2003
  • Planner, County of Hawai`i, Planning Department, 2001-2002
  • Coordinator, HELCO, Remote Residential Solar Electric & Street Lighting Programs, 1995-1999
  • Founding Board Member and Quality Control Officer, Hawai`i Organic Farmers Assn, 1993-2001

Community Activities:

  • President, Hawaiian Shores Community Association, 2011- 2016, Secretary 2019-20
  • Board Member, Malama O Puna, 2019-20
  • Commissioner, Cost of Government Commission, County of Hawai`i, 2010-2011
  • Vision Keeper, Envision Downtown Hilo 2025, 2005-2010
  • Commissioner, Environmental Council, State Office of Environmental Quality Control, 2004-2008
  • Member, Sierra Club
  • Member, American Association of University Women.
  • Member, League of Women Voters


  • University of Hawai`i at Manoa: M.A. Environmental Economics; Ph.D. Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics
  • University of Hawai`i at Hilo: B.S. Agriculture; Minor in Economics
  • San Francisco City College: A.S. Horticulture and Landscape Design
  • University of Michigan (Educ. Major)
  • Wilmington Friends School (K-12)