"Our team has worked internationally to research and bring the most innovative sustainability strategies to our clients. We take our mission seriously and we love helping companies do well by doing good for the world."

— Jennifer Chirico, CEO

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Jennifer Chirico, PhD, MPH

Founder and CEO

Dr. Chirico combines 20 years of sustainability experience with her past work as a financial analyst to Fortune 500 companies. She holds a PhD in Environmental Policy, a Master's in Public Health (MPH), and a Bachelor's of Science in Management and Finance. Prior to founding Sustainable Pacific, she served as the Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at the University of Hawai’i where she directed programs in sustainability across the university and served as a bridge for sustainability within the community and to other island nations. With a background in finance and management, she was a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and an investment consultant for Hewitt Associates where she analyzed and recommended investments for Fortune 500 companies.

 

Dr. Chirico is an adjunct professor in sustainability at Hawaii Pacific University in the Global Leadership and Sustainability Development masters program. She was a certified international trainer for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and has completed trainings and certifications in CDP, LEED, Home Energy Survey Professional, and Water Sense. In 2017, she did a speaking tour in Europe for six months where she gave 15 presentations in 5 different countries, including the keynote speaker for the United Nations Global Compact in Slovenia, and the keynote at the International Management Conference in Italy. In 2015, she published the book "Thinking Like an Island: Navigating a Sustainable Future in Hawai'i" with the University of Hawai'i Press, and has published chapters in numerous books on sustainability related to systems thinking, adaptive management, and the United Nations Development Goals on Leadership for the Collective Wellbeing. 

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Caleb Wittenmyer

Natural Resource/GIS Manager

Caleb Wittenmeyer has 15 years of experience working throughout Hawaii in natural resource

management. He holds a Master’s degree in Protected Area Management from James Cook University in Australia. His experience includes working for the Ko‘olau Mountains Watershed Partnership managing an invasive species control program, Haleakalā National Park with the Endangered Species

Management team, and with SWCA Environmental Consultants as a botanist. Currently, he serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Sustainable Pacific and is the GIS Manager conducting sustainability mapping across the islands for clients. Caleb specializes in providing technical and scientific guidance for across field operations, data collection and analysis, planning, and technical reporting.

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Darla Palmer-Ellingson

Communications Coordinator

Growing up in Oregon, Darla learned about living sustainably from her father, who started a residential solar energy company in the 1970s. When not outdoors exploring the Pacific Northwest, Darla spent her early career working in network and community television, from producer and director roles to station manager. Landing on Maui as a young adult, she extended her passion for the outdoor environment by learning to sail and scuba dive, studying and publishing articles about the area’s history and culture. Darla has held notable business roles, including consulting on and managing several significant startups, providing change management services and company revitalization projects in Hawaii and U.S. mainland. She has been the communications lead in the private and nonprofit sectors, with strong community and government collaboration. Darla also designs websites and provides content for the web, social and traditional media, including publishing articles on new technology.

In the past few years, Darla merged her professional communication skills with her passion for renewable energy and climate crisis awareness. She completed an intensive Climate Reality Leadership Training with former Vice President Al Gore; Became a founding director for a citizen’s advisory committee that supports the County of Maui Climate Action Resiliency and Environment committee; and, Produces and hosts a statewide public affairs radio program on environmental topics. Darla holds degrees in media production and engineering, and has B.A. in Professional Communications with a minor in Environmental Studies. She lives with her husband and Labrador retriever on a small farm on the edge of the rainforest in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii.

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Scott Fisher, PhD, MA

Cultural Expert & Disaster Specialist

Dr. Fisher grew up in Kula, Maui and at age 17 enlisted in the United States Marine
Corps, serving in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the first Gulf War, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Panama and Japan. After his discharge, he studied in Colorado, Indiana and Australia. Scott’s graduate work includes an M.A. in peace studies with a concentration in native Hawaiian strategies of peacemaking and reconciliation. His Ph.D. explored the dynamics of post-conflict recovery in a civil war on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, with a particular emphasis on sustainable peacemaking related to conflicts over natural resources. Scott also holds a graduate certificate in Ecological Restoration. During the summer months from 2017-2020 Scott was a visiting fellow at the University of Leicester conducting research into the relationship between ecological restoration, ecosystem resilience and palaeoecology.


Since 2003 Scott has worked for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT; initially with
its predecessor the Maui Coastal Land Trust). He currently serves as Chief Conservation Officer for the land trust on Maui, O`ahu, Kaua`i and Hawa`i, Island, on HILT’s 19,500 acres of protected land. In this capacity he leads all aspects of the ecological restoration and land protection work conducted by the Land Trust. In addition to his work with the land trust, since 2019 Scott has worked as a consultant with the Mikajy (Restoration) project in Menabe Province, Madagascar, where he is assisting with the ecological restoration of coastal dunes and mangrove wetlands along Madagascar’s west coast. At the University of Hawai`i, Maui, Scott teaches a course titled Tradition and Sustainability, which explores indigenous Hawaiian sustainability practices and strategies. Scott also serves on the Maui/Lana‘i Island Burial Council and the Friends of Haleakala National Park.

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Shayna Casupang

Sustainability Assistant

Shayna was born and raised on Oahu. She is a senior at Illinois Institute of Technology where she is majoring in Forensic Chemistry. Her interest in the STEM field began in high school. She always enjoyed learning about science and in particular she took a liking to chemistry. In high school, she was able to take part in a student program with the FBI where she became interested in forensics. During this past semester, she realized her major could extend beyond crime and became interested in how forensic chemistry could extend to environmental problems. To further discover the environmental side,
Shayna interned with Kamehameha Schools Sustainability where she compiled resources on water/stormwater and worked on mapping different KS sites. In the future, she hopes to continue to pursue a career in chemistry and protect the world’s natural resources. Shayna spends her spare time playing soccer for her college and reading.

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Kristopher Wee, MA

Sustainability Consultant

Mr. Wee serves as a Sustainability Manager. In this role, he is involved in a wide range of projects, including sustainability reporting and certifications, facilities operations, and process mapping. Kris holds an MA in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development with a professional certificate in Consulting at Hawai’i Pacific University and earned a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  After completing his engineering degree, Mr. Wee served as an Operations Specialist in the United States Navy for nine years. He also spent time studying abroad in China. His goal is to empower entrepreneurs through the quadruple bottom line approach, while also incorporating the foundational knowledge and lessons learned from his coursework and experiences into early levels of education.

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Kamalei Lee

Design Specialist

Born and raised in Hawai'i, Kamalei is committed to the sustainability of the islands. She serves as a Design Specialist for SPC. In this role, she is involved in managing the graphic design and visual communications for various sustainability projects. Kamalei holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Public Relations from the University of La Verne in Southern California and attended Kamehameha Schools in Hawai'i. She is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Public Health. Kamalei is fueled by her passion to make Hawai‘i a more cohesive, self-sustainable community for current and future generations.