If you don't know where you're from, you'll have a hard time saying where you're going
I was born and raised in Hawai’i, and I've lived in Plumas County, California since 2004. That hasn’t exactly meant settling down. As an environmental scientist, musician, and parent, I've traveled around the world, working with a wide variety of people and making lifelong friends. But I have always been pulled back to rural California where family, friends, and neighbors keep me connected to the Sierra-Cascade mountain region. As a parent of three young adults and member of a very large extended family, I cherish the diversity and strength of the young people who are redefining work, civil rights, and personal freedoms in today’s complicated world. But I also respect the wisdom and experience of my parents’ generation, who built the middle class in America.
After working in the high-risk industry of hazardous waste management and consulting for the military and energy industry, I took on the role of environmental risk officer for a bank and now work at the intersection of environment and economy. My philosophy has always been that people are at the center of environmental protection, and my work balances health and safety for people, protection of the environment, and sound financial management. My super hero skill involves siting and permitting industrial facilities, which means I can get into the weeds of any environmental statute and understand how it applies to a company's operations, and then work with engineers and experts to design solutions that protect people and the environment.
One of my favorite quotes is from writer and environmentalist Wendell Berry, who wrote, “If you don't know where you're from, you'll have a hard time saying where you're going.” Understanding our history and our culture is critical to successfully transitioning to a low-carbon economy, and I'm dedicated to being part of that future.