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 and at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Masters of the Environment 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.
Kristopher Wee, MA
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.
Sarah McLane Bryan, MS
Sarah McLane Bryan has a long background in environmental sustainability, planning and coordination. Prior to SPC, she worked for two years as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Educational Specialist where she built and managed a statewide GIS training and jobs program for the University of Hawai'i Maui College. She is also a GIS Analyst, Remote Sensing technician, conservationist, and project manager. With a Master’s Degree in Geography, specializing in GIS and Remote Sensing, her experience includes creating invasive species habitat models and wildfire prevention plans for the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership. She was also the first Executive Director for the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, and helped to pass legislation in Maui County to protect our marine resources. Mrs. Bryan is a 2011 Ka Ipu Kukui Leadership Fellow, she holds the longest-standing officer seat on the Maui Conservation Alliance, and is the Vice President of Nā Koa Manu Conservation. She is also on the board for the Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council (HIGICC) and Mālama Maui Nui.
Kelly Fitzgerald is a sustainability-led professional with a demonstrated history of working in project management and sociological research. She holds a B.A. in Sociology with emphasises in Public Health and Education from Occidental College. Born and raised in Hawaiʻi and an alumna of Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi, she has previously worked with Kamehameha Schools, KUPU, and Hawaii Farm Bureau on various sustainability projects on Hawaiʻi island, Oʻahu, and Maui. To date, Kelly has conducted two independent research studies in Hawaiʻi and the Netherlands as a Fulbright scholar, exploring how broader social and physical environments affect individual well-being and involvement in local issues. Drawing on an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach, Kelly is largely motivated to help Hawaiʻi improve their daily business practices to generate positive local and global impacts.
Scott Fisher, PhD, MA
Dr. Fisher grew up in Kula, Maui, and serves as a cultural advisor. At age 17, he 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 Hawaiʻian 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.Fluent in Native Hawaiian, Dr. Fisher is currently the 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. At the University of Hawai`i, Maui, Scott teaches a course titled Tradition and Sustainability, which explores indigenous Hawaiʻian sustainability practices and strategies.
Emily is passionate about studying and understanding people, their behaviors and influences, and finding meaningful ways to connect with them. As a Strategic Planner at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, she facilitated focus groups, wrote creative briefs, and worked on various advertising campaigns for Hewlett Packard, Comcast, Elizabeth Arden, and eBay. Her business skills were honed while running a ceramics importing business, which Emily founded and built over 12 years. She worked with local artists in Italy, France, Spain, and Mexico, developing strong working relationships (and friendships) with her sources, while traveling to quaint little towns all over Europe and Central America. Emily built a successful online business and had storefronts in CA and CO. Throughout the process of building and running the business, her focus was on creating an insightful online experience that communicated a consistent and strategic brand message.
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.
Wesley Crile, MA
From helping island communities in Micronesia more effectively manage their marine and terrestrial resources, to building sustainable tourism partnerships in Southern Africa, Wes has worked worldwide to implement creative solutions to environmental and social problems that meet the needs of people as well as the environment. With his background in environmental and social sustainability, Wes has worked for the last five years to restore degraded landscapes and prevent land based pollution to the ocean, while bringing back the natural ecosystem functions and services of degraded landscapes. His passion for effective community planning and watershed management has allowed him to build trust and partnerships within the conservation community, government agencies, and private companies. His vision is to build truly sustainable communities that promote healthy land uses, healthy ecosystems, and a healthy community.
Nicole Chernick, MA
Hailing from New York, Nicole (Nikki) is a sustainability professional with a Masters in Sustainability Planning & Management from the University of Colorado. Prior to receiving her masters degree, Nikki earned her BA in Communications from Penn State University and spent several years doing business development for start-ups in the Denver region. Nikki's goal is to combine her business development and communications background, her sustainability expertise, and her drive to have a positive impact to build global resilient systems for generations to come.