Summit Participants

Panelists, Speakers, and Working Group Participants

The Ahupua`a Investment Summit is proud to showcase some of the diverse ESG practitioners, investors, asset managers, activists, funders, and implementers who contributed to the discussions held on January 31 and February 1, 2020, and who continue to participate in the Maui ESG Project.

Lauren Armstrong
Executive Director, Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization

Formed per federal regulations, Maui MPO’s vision is for communities to be connected by a safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation system. Lauren grew up in Haiku, received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Middlebury College, and a Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from UH Mānoa. She worked on O‘ahu as an environmental planner for Townscape Inc., then a community planner for Marin County in California with a focus on climate adaptation and public outreach programs. She joined Maui MPO as ED in 2016.

Lindy Backues
Associate Professor of Economic Development, Eastern University

Lindy teaches classes in economic development at undergraduate and graduate levels, including Faith and Economic Justice, Economic Reasoning, Theology of Poverty and Economic Development of Third World Countries. He came to Eastern University after two decades of direct involvement in development work in Indonesia, where he founded a multidisciplinary, non-government, multi-faith community empowerment organization. He also served as program supervisor between 2005–2007 for tsunami response in the province of Aceh Jaya in north Sumatra.

Eva Blumenstein
Planning Program Manager, Maui Department of Water Supply (DWS)

Eva oversees the DWS Conservation Program, Source Protection Program, Watershed Protection Grants and Master Planning. Her involvement in water resource use and policy includes serving on the Maui Drought Committee, the Hawaii Water Loss Control Committee, the DLNR Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee and the Water Security Advisory Group. Eva earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from University of Hawaii at Manoa and holds a Master of Law from the University of Stockholm in her native Sweden.

Christina Borsum
Chief Financial Officer, New Energy Nexus

As CFO, Christina oversees the global finance and accounting functions and drives financial innovation for scaling clean energy at New Energy Nexus, an international organization that supports clean energy entrepreneurs with funds, accelerators and networks. In short: her dream job. Very recent transactions include a catalytic investment in an East African microgrid developer and a sustainable energy bond into an India clean energy Non Bank Finance Company. Prior to Nexus, she spent 10 years at Citibank across Finance and Risk Management functions.

Mark Campanale
Founder, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Carbon Tracker was launched when Mark conceived of the ‘unburnable carbon’ thesis in 2011, clarifying how global capital markets have failed to identify a critical financial risk in climate. With 25 years experience in sustainable financial markets working for major institutional asset management companies, he is a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment funds at Jupiter Asset Management in 1989 with Ecology Funds, NPI with Global Care, AMP Capital Sustainable Future Funds, and Henderson Global Investor’s Industries of the Future Funds.

Ian Chan Hodges
Principal, Responsible Markets (RM)

RM was founded in 2000 for the purpose of leveraging market imbalances profitably for long-term good, focusing on intellectual property, clean energy, transportation, hospitality, healthcare, unions and community development finance. Recently, RM served as the Hawaii lead in the development of the Hawaii State Clean Energy Innovation Strategic Plan and provided expertise to Hawaii’s Office of the Consumer Advocate on how Hawaii’s economy can benefit from new models of corporate governance that incorporate local values.

Shay Chan Hodges
Writer, Author, Community Advocate

Shay has worked with local, state and national advocacy groups to support policies that meet the needs of women and families, including efforts to pass childcare and paid leave legislation. She is the author of Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy which examines what it takes to participate in the 21st century economy while raising children, and introduces Family-Centered Design℠ thinking, a conceptual framework for designing society and the economy around the needs of families, rather than the other way around.

Makena Coffman
Professor, Urban and Regional Planning University of Hawaii

Makena teaches graduate courses in urban economics, environmental planning and policy. Her research interests include greenhouse gas mitigation, energy policy and alternative transportation strategies. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is a Research Fellow with the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization and is the Chair of the Honolulu Climate Commission.

Lance D. Collins

Lance is an attorney in private practice on the island of Maui with a focus on good government, environmental and Hawaiian land law.

Recent decisions before the Hawai’i Supreme Court include In re HELCO (Hawai`i Electric Light Co.) requiring the Public Utilities Commission to conduct greenhouse gas emissions analyses before making energy related decisions and Nationstar Mortgage v. Kanahele requiring trial courts to fully consider the defenses of distressed homeowner borrowers in foreclosure cases.

Joyclynn Costa
Board of Trustees, Hawaii Conference, United Church of Christ (HCUCC)

Joyclynn is a graduate of Kamehameha School Kapalama campus Oahu and has an Associates Degree from the University of Hawaii Maui College.
She serves on the land management committee for the HCUCC and advocates for truth and the continued reparation towards Hawaii and its people especially in the caring and stewardship of the aina and revisiting the Apology Law of 1993.

“The strength of the people comes from the health of the land.”

Robert Day
Co-Founder, Spring Lane Capital

Rob has been a sustainable resources private equity investor since 2004, and acts or has served as a Director, Observer and advisory board member to companies in energy tech and related sectors. Formerly a consultant with Bain & Company, Rob has worked with companies and evaluated private equity transactions in the IT, energy/utilities, telecom, medical/ pharmaceutical, and retail industries. He serves on the Board at the New England Clean Energy Council. From 2005-2016 he authored the column Cleantech Investing, which appeared on

Lynn Pualani DeCoite
Representative, Hawaii State House

Lynn is serving her 3rd term representing Moloka`i, Lana`i, and East Maui in the State Legislature. She has lived on Moloka’i since she was four years old and is a third generation homestead farmer. Lynn and her husband own and operate L&R Farms where they raise the famous Moloka’i purple sweet potato. She has participated in the Maui Water Community and Molokai Workforce Development Agricultural Working Groups, and was instrumental in having the Molokai Irrigation System audited and lobbying for funding to fix it.

Alex de Roode
Energy Commissioner, County of Maui

Alex is a professional planner, educator, and entrepreneur with a focus on resilience, sustainability, energy systems, green building and water resources management. He has served as a long-range Planner for the County of Maui Department of Water Supply, two terms as the Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC), as the District Sustainability Manager for Portland Community College (PCC), and as the Director of Sustainability and Business Development for Green Building Hawaii.

Serge Devieux
Founding Partner and Co Manager WHATiF 88

Serge has a 40-year senior International career delivering financial profitability, sustainability and social impact in Emerging Markets. He is formerly part of the management team at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and has a successful track record leading investments in the Financial Sector, Infrastructure, Energy, Renewables, Manufacturing, and Services, Health, Education and Agribusiness. He has strong experience in emerging, frontier markets, post conflict and transition economies.

Roan du Feu
Research Associate, Arabesque S-Ray

Roan works on the development of the S-Ray® sustainability monitoring tool, a next generation transparency lens that can empower all stakeholders. Through machine learning and big data, this tool systematically combines over 200 environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics with news signals from over 30,000 sources published in over 170 countries. Prior to starting at Arabesque, Roan studied at Imperial College London for a PhD on the trade-offs between power generation and environmental impact in the UK’s nascent tidal energy industry.

Kehaulani Filimoe`atu
Co-Founder, Hawaiian Community Assets

Aunty Kehau is a co-founder and chair emeritus of Hawaiian Community Assets and president of the board of Nā Po`e Kōkua. She volunteers to assist many local civic and Native Hawaiian causes and was a delegate to the Native Hawaiian Constitutional Convention.

Aunty Kehau is a beneficiary of the Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) after serving as a 911 dispatch supervisor at the Maui Police Dept for 25 years. She is also a Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiary and the recipient of Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award.

Mike Foley
Resilient and Sustainable Engineering (RiSE) team, Oceanit

Mike is a coastal engineer, principle investigator and project manager for the RiSE team at Oceanit, a private company dedicated to solving problems in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to nanotechnology. Mike has worked on a diverse range of projects including beach restoration, artificial reefs, shoreline erosion, harbor protection and repair of historic coastal structures. His practice aims to develop holistic systems-based solutions to responsibly manage the hazards of climate change on island communities.

Michael Frerichs
Illinois State Treasurer

The Illinois Treasurer is the state’s Chief Investment and Banking Officer, actively managing approximately $31 billion, including $13 billion in state funds, $12 billion in college and retirement savings plans, and $6 billion on behalf of local and state governments. Michael has transformed the office’s investment approach by fusing investment objectives like optimal risk-adjusted returns, low expenses, and diversification with a focus on impact, corporate accountability, and sustainability factors, including sound corporate governance, diversity and inclusion, and environmental care.

Eric Gill
Financial Secretary-Treasurer, UNITE HERE Local 5

A Local 5 member since 1976, Eric has led Hawaii’s hospitality and healthcare workers’ 11,500-member union since 2000. As a union leader representing hotel workers, he frequently engages with private equity firms which now own a significant share of Hawaii’s hotels.
In 2012, Gill and other Local 5 members joined with 90 community leaders to form AiKea, an alliance of community and civic organizations focused on building a social and political movement to improve the future of Hawai’i.

Eric A. Glass
Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income Impact Strategies, AllianceBernstein (AB)

Eric leads the Municipal Impact Investment Portfolio and is a member of AB’s firmwide Responsible Investment Steering Committee, Corporate Social Responsibility Working Group, and Controversial Investments Committee. After joining the firm in 2000, Eric served as a research analyst and trader on the Municipal team. Before that, he was on the municipal research team at Moody’s Investors Service.
Eric also spent several years working at, and managing, a transitional homeless shelter in Essex County, New Jersey.

Phil Glynn
President, Travois

Travois is a Certified B Corporation®️ focused exclusively on promoting housing and economic development for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. Travois’ investments, which have included Molokai, Laiopua, and Waimanalo in Hawaii, help change agents build new health care, education, infrastructure, housing and other developments in their communities.

Neil J. Kahoʻokele Hannahs
Founder and CEO, Hoʻokele Strategies LLC

Neil facilitates strategic analysis, values clarification and organizational alignment to support leaders and enterprises that forge a thriving environment, robust economy and social equity.

Prior experience includes directing the Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools, as well as co-founding the First Nations Futures and Hawaiʻi Investment Ready programs. In 2016, he was appointed to serve on the State of Hawaiʻi Commission on Water Resources Management.

Lui K. Hokoana
Chancellor, UH Maui College

Lui helped develop and implement the Hawaiʻi Papa o Ke Ao initiative at the University of Hawaiʻi with its goal to be a model indigenous serving institution. While at the University, he has secured more than 50 million dollars in extramural funds to support the work of the University. Lui served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Hawaiʻi System, and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Windward Community College.

Kainoa Horcajo
Director of Culture, Grand Wailea

Kainoa leads all cultural programs and strategically applies Native Hawaiian values, principles, and practices to create a holistic visitor experience at the Grand Wailea. After spending a decade working in government and politics before ending up in Hospitality, Kainoa knows that reminding ourselves and others that we are all more alike than different makes good leaders.
He is a sought after trainer, speaker, and host weaving cultural values into motivation, personal development, management, and productivity with clients like ING, Starwood, Maui County, and TEDxMaui.

Nāpua Hū’eu
Director, Hāna Highway Regulation

Nāpua is a lifetime resident of the Ko’olau moku on the island of Maui. She is a generational taro farmer, one of the many lineal descendant and heirs to the on-going East Maui water diversion issue. Nāpua has served on the board of Na Moku Aupuni o Koolau Hui and the Hana Community Association. She now oversees Hāna Highway Regulation, an effort to enhance visitor safety along the Road to Hāna. Nāpua is also the volunteer coordinator for Kua Hawaii, an organization that works with Konohiki landlords to manage land and stream restoration efforts in various ahupua’a on Maui.

Tasha Kama
Presiding Officer Pro Tempore, Maui County Council

Tasha has served as Senior Pastor of the Christian Ministry Church and was a founder of the Waiohuli-Keokea Homestead Association advocating for Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries. She has been a social justice organizer with FACE Maui and a member of the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities. A graduate of UH Maui College, Tasha was elected to the County Council, Kahului Residency seat in 2018. She is Chair of the Affordable Housing and Co-chair of the Environmental, Agricultural and Cultural Preservation committees.

Dennis "Bumpy" Kanahele
Head of State, Nation of Hawaii

The Nation of Hawaii’s mission is to restore, maintain and preserve the sophisticated religion, language and culture of the Native Hawaiian people, who prior to the overthrow, lived in a highly organized, self-sufficient, subsistent social system based on Communal Land Tenure. Mr. Kanahele serves on the Board of Directors of the International Indian Treaty Council and has received training in finance from a number of institutions including the Federal Reserve.

Kelly Takaya King
VP, Pacific Biodiesel, Technologies, LLC, Maui County Councilmember

Kelly co-founded Pacific Biodiesel with her husband Robert King in 1995, helping the company obtain and manage a Congressional appropriation project in collaboration with the U.S. DoD to test biodiesel fuel crops in Hawaii. She also worked to secure federal funding to develop a value-added by-product as a potential soil amendment for taro farmers. Currently in her second term as County Council member for South Maui, Kelly served as chair of the council for one year, recently stepping down to lead the Council’s newly formed Climate Action and Resilience committee.

Lisa Kleissner
Board Chair, Toniic Institute

An impact investor since 2000, Lisa is aligning her family capital with her business acumen to help make the world a better place. Lisa co-founded the KL Felicitas Foundation and Toniic Institute. These organizations are building a movement to bring down the barriers to impact investing while transforming how we define and create wealth. Lisa co-founded Social-Impact International and Hawai’i Investment Ready to identify, capacity build and scale regional and indigenous social enterprise.

Michael Kramer
Managing Partner, Natural Investments

Michael Kramer is Managing Partner of Natural Investments, a sustainable, responsible, and impact investment advisor managing over $1 billion through offices in 10 states. He is Board Secretary of USSIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.
Michael has lived on Hawai`i Island for 20 years. He founded the Kuleana Green Business Program and helped pass legislation to establish a new corporate structure in Hawai`i, the Sustainable Business Corporation.

Greggory Kresge
Manager, Electrification of Transportation (EOT), Maui Electric Co. (MECO)

Gregg is the Manager of EOT for MECO servicing the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Moloka`i and Oahu. Gregg furthers EOT through workplace charging, DC fast charging networks, Electric Vehicle (EV) workforce development, multi-unit dwelling installations, EV adoption in rural communities and managed charging as a grid resource. He is Co-chair of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) EV Working Group with over 400 national members.

Morgan LaManna
Senior Manager, Investor Engagement, Ceres

At Ceres, Morgan is focused on implementation of Climate Action 100+, an investor initiative to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change. Climate Action 100+ is now backed by more than 373 investors with more than $35 trillion in assets under management. Prior to Ceres, Morgan spent five years working with European investors on corporate and policy engagement at the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.

Keoni Lee
CEO, Hawaii Investment Ready

Keoni co-founded ʻŌiwi TV – a media production company that reshapes the narratives of the modern Hawaiian experience — and Waiwai Collective, a contemporary Hawaiian gathering space that is growing a community and movement grounded in collective values and shared responsibilities to mobilize systemic change in Hawaiʻi. Keoni has an MBA from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and was selected as a fellow in the Omidyar Fellows leadership program and the indigenous leaders First Nations Futures Program.

Dawn Lippert
CEO, Elemental Excelerator (EEx)

EEx is a non-profit startup organization formed in collaboration with Emerson Collective, the investment and philanthropic platform led by Laurene Powell Jobs. Each year EEx funds 15-20 companies up to $1 million each to improve systems that impact the planet and people’s lives: energy, water, agriculture, transportation, and beyond. Dawn is the former Chair of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Advisory Board, founder of WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy), and serves as an Advisor for University of Hawaii Ventures LLC.

Brandon Maka’awa’awa
Deputy Head of State, Nation of Hawaii

Brandon assists in the day to day operations of Pu’uhonua O Waimanalo, the Nation’s sovereign land base. He also leads the Nation of Hawaii’s delegation to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, where he has given interventions over the past 3 years on Hawaiian National Sovereignty, peaceful coexistence, reconciliation, economic development and innovation. Brandon is also Vice-President of Na Po’e Kokua, a non-profit organization that advocates for the development of more affordable housing options for Hawaiians.

Steve Marks
Founding Partner and Co-Manager, WHATif 88

WHATiF 88 advises on social impact initiatives in urban and rural communities in the US and in emerging market economies. With expertise in fiduciary, capital structure, risk management, and measurement of social impact, WHATiF 88 engages with stakeholders in the public, private and non-profit sectors. In addition to receiving an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Steve completed a program at Kansai Gaidai University and speaks Japanese.

Mahina Martin
Director of Government and Community Affairs, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)

Prior to joining HECO in 2013, Mahina served in key positions in local government and nonprofit organizations. Mahina is a frequent speaker on the necessity of weaving community, culture and commerce to achieve success. A seasoned community engagement practitioner, she has a unique view of the roles different sectors have in building community strength. Born and raised on Maui, her work in community relations spans over 30 years and has garnered accolades for her effective advocacy on public issues and value-driven leadership.

Angus McKelvey
Representative, Hawaii State House

Angus has served the 10th House District (Lahaina, Kaanapali, Maalaea, Kihei) since 2006. As chair of the House Committee on Economic Development & Business, his legislative responsibilities include job creation, investment partnerships & ventures, new industry development and technology. He was born in Honolulu and has lived in Lahaina his whole life. Angus is a strong supporter of renewable energy programs, technology development, agriculture and sustainability programs.

Zoltan Milaskey
Co-Founder and President, Mana Energy

Zoltan is President of Mana Energy, a Hawaii-based renewable energy software company that monitors and aggregates solar PV systems and energy meters to help manage renewable energy systems and build energy use.
Mana’s software is used to monitor and manage over 300 MW of renewable energy nationally for utility companies, independent power producers, and property owners.
Zoltan has worked in the area of sustainable development for the past decade and holds a Master of Environmental Economics degree.

Ian Monroe
CEO, Etho Capital

Ian leads Etho Capital, an award-winning sustainable investment firm that runs top-performing public equity strategies guided by deep climate and ESG risk analysis. Ian also teaches courses on climate solutions and ESG metrics at Stanford University.

Driven to scale climate solutions through losing his home in wildfire, Ian believes the right combination of supply chain science, information technology, “climate-efficiency” finance, and citizen engagement can reengineer our economy for sustainability.

Christine “Kili” Namau’u
Director, Pūnana Leo O Maui

Kili has been the Director/Kahu of the nonprofit Hawaiian language immersion preschool Pūnana Leo O Maui since 1993. Hawaii is the only state that recognizes two official languages, English and ʻŌlelo Hawai’i. Kili also serves as the Maui County member of the state Board of Education. She earned a Bachelor’s in Economics and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis on Early Education from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
Kili was named educator of the year by the Native Hawaiian Education Association in 2009.

Katrina Niehaus
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Katrina joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an analyst, worked in the Mortgage Department for five years, and was named managing director in 2015. She manages the corporate structured finance business within the Financing Group. Prior to joining the firm, Katrina worked at Lehman Brothers in the Securitized Products group. Katrina received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and an MPA from Columbia University. She serves on the Alumni Association Board for Seabury Hall.

David Okamoto
Investment Officer, Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System (ERS)

Before joining ERS, where he is primarily focused on public and private credit investments, David was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Bank of Hawaii responsible for asset allocation, portfolio construction and manager selection for foundations, pension plans, endowments and other institutional clients. Prior to BoH, David was the Acting Chief Investment Officer and Investment Manager for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. He received a B.S. in Business Admin with a concentration in finance from Boston University.

Inez Okamura
Retired Educator, Alternative Schools

Inez was born on Maui and raised on island and in California. She obtained a degree in education at San Jose State University and completed post-graduate studies at UC Santa Cruz and Santa Clara University. She has worked with juveniles who were adjudicated to correctional settings, taught special education, and English as a Second Language acquisition for immigrants. She has presented workshops in character-based learning for California teachers. After living and working in California for 40 years, she returned to Maui in 2007 as a retiree and CALPERS beneficiary.

Marcus Oshiro
Chairperson, Hawaii Labor Relations Board

Marcus served in the State House of Representatives from 1994 to 2017. He is a former vice speaker, majority leader, and past-chair of the committees on finance and labor. In 2010, Hawaii Business Magazine, featured Marcus as one of the “20 for the Next 20.”
In 2011, Marcus introduced Hawaii’s Act 209, creating sustainable business corporations with and “ingenuity provision,” a new type of corporation that is structured to balance meeting the interests of shareholders with the accomplishment of specific public benefits.

Kelsey Ota
Sustainability Fellow, UH, Maui College

Kelsey was born and raised on Maui. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies with a minor in Tourism and Leisure Planning. She currently works as a Kupu sustainability fellow at UH Maui College and hopes to pursue a career in environmental and susatinability education in the near future.

Alexandra Pavlovskis
Product Expert, Arabesque S-Ray

Alexandra’s current role at Arabesque S-Ray, a global technology firm that produces data-driven ESG ratings, has given her significant experience working with and developing products from non-financial data. This year Alexandra was a speaker on the Innovations Driving the Future of SRI panel at SRI30. Prior to Arabesque, Alexandra worked as a Geo-Environmental Engineer at Leap Environmental. She holds a BSc in Geology from the Royal School of Mines and completed an MSc in Climate Change Management and Finance from Imperial College Business School.

Tamara Paltin
Maui County Councilmember

Tamara is a wife, mother of two and Councilmember representing West Maui. She is Chair of the County Council Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee. Tamara is also the current President of the Save Honolua Coalition. She has seventeen years of experience in Ocean Safety, and received a Sierra Club Malama Ka ʻĀina Award in 2015 and Surfrider Maui Ocean Hero Award in 2016.

Michael W. Perri
Principal, Lincoln Crow Strategies

Michael works with mission-driven organizations to develop innovative strategies, build sustainable capacity, and forge the connections needed to put their values into action. He works with organizational boards and leadership teams to identify research-based solutions to long-term policy and public affairs goals. A successful journalist, campaign manager, union organizer, and non-profit leader, Michael has worked throughout the U.S. on issue-oriented campaigns and to build capacity to have a strong voice in the crowded market place of ideas.

Ben Prochazka
National Director, Electrification Coalition

Ben has spent more than a decade working on environmental, human rights, and voter engagements efforts, and since 2013, has led development of all Electrification Coalition programs outside of the beltway. The EC develops and implements a broad set of strategies to advance electric mobility beyond early adopters and drive economies of scale, including policy development, cultivating bipartisan support, consumer experience and education, fleet electrification, EV supply chain development, and sustainable business models.

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez
Vice Chair, Maui County Council

Keani is also Chair of the Budget Committee. She was born and raised on Molokai, and grew up in a family intimately connected to our ‘āina. This connection instilled in her the importance of the reciprocal relationship reflected in the proverb, “He ali’i ka ‘āina; he kauwa ke kanaka,” or “the land is chief, people its servants.” She is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, where she specialized in Native Hawaiian Law and Environmental Law, and graduate of Shidler School of Business, where she earned her MBA.

Imogen Rose-Smith
Impact Alpha, Podcast

An award-winning journalist Imogen has over 15 years experience covering institutional asset management as a Senior Writer for Institutional Investor Magazine. She was a 2016 fellow of the Office of the Chief Investment Officer, University of California Regents, where she worked on ESG and sustainability issues. As a journalist her areas of expertise include: institutional investors, hedge funds, venture capital, impact investing, government policy and long term asset ownership. She is a recurring contributor to Impact Alpha’s Returns on Investment podcast.

Delilah Rothenberg
Executive Director, Predistribution Initiative (PDI)

PDI is a multi-stakeholder project to improve investment structures to share more economics with workers and communities, have stronger deal team incentives for ESG integration, and that ultimately address systemic risks including income inequality and climate change. This includes research on how to more adequately compensate people for the value created and risk taken throughout the “capital markets supply chain.” Prior to PDI, Delilah advised private equity investors, lenders, and project developers.

Damon Silvers
Director of Policy, AFL-CIO

Damon is the director of policy and special counsel for the AFL-CIO. He is also a member of the Investor Advisory Committee of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Treasury Department’s Financial Research Advisory Committee. From 2008 to 2011, Damon served as the deputy chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. His initial experience with labor organizing came during his freshman year at Harvard, where he worked in a student dining hall and became involved in the workers’ contract negotiations.

Shane Sinenci
Maui County Council Member

Shane represents East Maui and is Chair of the Council’s Environmental, Agricultural, and Cultural Preservation Committee and Vice Chair of the newly formed Climate Action and Resilience Committee. Prior to becoming a Council Member, he was a special education teacher in Hana for twenty years and served as Chair of the Hana Community Association and representative for the Aha Moku O Hana. Shane’s experience as a cultural practitioner, environmental steward and educator help him to effect sustainable policies and positive change within our island community.

J. Alohalani Smith
Aha Moku Maui Island Council Representative of Kaupo

Alohalani serves the Kaupo Community in Native Hawaiian Cultural & Traditional practices passed down through generational knowledge for the purpose of perpetuating traditional protocols, protecting the environment and strengthening cultural & spiritual connections. She receives direction from a Kupuna Advisory Council, created under Aha Moku O Kaupo, and works successfully with partnerships. She has an Aha Moku O Kaupo Facebook Page and the Kaupoan News that is circulated to keep the community informed.

Mary Spadaro
Founder, Facilitator, Slow Money Hawaii

Mary was director of development at Waikiki Health Center for 14 years, where she helped donors align their philanthropy with their values. Upon retiring, Mary’s interest in gardening and agriculture led her to found Slow Money Hawaii which has facilitated more than $200,000 in micro-loans made by local residents to small Hawaii farmers. “I was tired of feeling powerless and frustrated waiting for the policy-makers. Slow Money and Impact Investing provide me with a meaningful way to effect change and invite others to take the journey with me.”

Gitanjali Swamy
Managing Partner, Io Task

Gita has founded, built, served as a board director in successful innovation enterprises, worked on investments from seed stage to over a Billion USD and held investment/strategy roles at global leaders such as Carlyle Group, Booz-Allen & Hamilton or operating-roles at MathWorks, Mentor Graphics. She is a Representative to the EQUALS Leadership Coalition at the UN, and Research Fellow/Director at the Private Capital Research Institute, Harvard. Her projects include MIT’s Opencourseware, the Auto-ID Consortium and the MIT Engine investment vehicle.

Melissa Uhl
Chief of Staff, Elemental Excelerator (EEx)

Melissa was raised on Maui and has worked in international development, conservation science, environmental policy, and commercial and real estate law. Today, she drives strategy and develops opportunities that further the mission of EEx, a Hawaii and California-based growth-stage accelerator that supports startups solving climate change. EEx has deployed $36M to 99 companies in its portfolios, funding 59 demonstration projects across Hawaii, the Asia Pacific, and California, which have gone on to raise over $1.1B in follow-on funding, with 10 exits.

Nicolette van der Lee
Program Coordinator, Office of Extended Learning & Workforce Development and Sustainable Living Institute at UHMC

Nicolette coordinates workforce development programming to respond to industry and community needs leading to industry credentials, non-credit to credit pathways, and sustainability programs including an aquaponics greenhouse and ethnobotanical garden on campus. She is conducting research on the sustainability of innovations at community colleges in the Doctor of Education program at Johns Hopkins University.

Michael P. Victorino
Mayor, Maui County

Michael P. Victorino was born and raised on Hawaiʻi island and spent his summers visiting his motherʻs family in Haliimaile. Some summers, he spent working in the pineapple field on Lanai for $1.15 an hour. After he graduated from high school, he went on to study business management at Hawaii Community College and Hilo College (what is now the University of Hawai`i at Hilo). In 2006, he was elected to the Maui County Council, serving on the Wailuku, Waihe`e, and Waikapu residency seat. In November 2018, voters elected him the eighth mayor of the County of Maui.

Kaleo Waia`u
Teacher, Hawaii Department of Education

Kaleo teaches at Maui High School in Kahului. He has taught Mathematics and Special Education and at Lahainaluna High School for the last 24 years. He is also an ordained pastor, first with the United Church of Christ, and now where he serves as pastor of Ke Aha Vineyard Christian Fellowship. He has worked with vulnerable populations in Hawaii since 1986 in a number of capacities, including as a community outreach worker and as an advocate for Native Hawaiians in dispute with Bank of America.

Tina Wildberger
Representative, Hawaii State House

As a Kihei Resident of 23 years, Tina has more than two decades of work experience in Hawaii both as a hospitality professional in Food & Beverage and a small business owner in Manufacturing & Distribution. She is a progressive employer who is responsible for the livelihood of 15 Maui families. She understands the issues faced by business owners working hard to make ends meet in our island economy. She is halfway through her first term as a Hawaii state legislator.

Michael L. Williams
President, Maui Tomorrow Foundation

Michael is also Chair of the Maui County Cost of Government Commission, Treasurer of Stand Up Maui, and a board member of the Kula Community Association. He is a nearly-retired lawyer, who studied philosophy at UC Berkeley before graduating from Harvard Law School in 1978, where he founded the Harvard Environmental Law Review. For 36 years he was a plaintiffs’ trial lawyer in Oregon before purchasing a farm in Kula in 2014.
He served as president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers and received their Distinguished Trial Lawyer award.

David Wilton
CEO, Zheng Partners, LLC

Zheng Partners consults on Private Equity in Emerging Markets, Impact Investing and ESG to international organizations and funds. David has also been Managing Director and Head of Impact Investing at Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, CIO and Manager, Global Private Equity for the International Finance Corporation, a member of the Pension Finance Committee of the World Bank Group, a member of the G8 Working Group on Impact Investing, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Emerging Market Private Equity Association.

Nicholas R. Winfrey
President and Chief Professional Officer, Maui United Way

Nicholas has spent the last decade in the not for profit sector supporting animal welfare, social justice, and emergency response in California, Australia and Asia Pacific, and now here on Maui. Currently, he is working on how to best utilize resources for long term success in social impact and place-based programming. Prior to the not for profit sector, Nicholas cut his teeth in the US Marine Corps.

David Wood
Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI)

David directs the IRI at Harvard’s Kennedy School and teaches the course on Private Capital for Public Purpose at the Kennedy School. He leads the IRI’s research and field-building work on responsible investment across asset classes, and currently manages projects on responsible investment strategy with pension fund trustees, mission investing by foundations, and impact investing. David recently co-authored Climate Change and the Just Transition. He holds a Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University.

Eva Zlotnicka
Managing Director, ValueAct Capital

In addition to her role at ValueAct Capital, Eva serves as a director of Unifi, Inc. Previously, she was an ESG equity research analyst, most recently as US lead for the Sustainability Research team at Morgan Stanley and in a similar role at UBS before that. She co-founded Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE), a global professional community. Eva has two B.S.c. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, including one from the Wharton School, and an M.B.A. and a Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University.

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