Lauren leads Blue Planet’s transportation advocacy, education, events, and communications to encourage multi-modal transportation and adoption of clean fuels and technologies. She manages strategic programs to break down barriers to clean transportation including the EV Expert Certification Program, Oahu Commute Challenge, and Drive Electric Hawaii communications. As the Clean Cities Coordinator, Lauren manages the STCH programs, the STCH Advisory Board and the execution of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities grant.
Lauren has a master’s degree in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the Hawaii chapter of Women in Renewable Energy, the Eco Rotary of Kaka’ako, is a Certified Sustainability Professional through the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, and a LEED Green Associate through the U.S. Green Building Council.
We are excited to welcome back Emma Olsen for a second term as a STCH intern. Emma is joining us through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program. Emma recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Communications. In her free time, Emma likes free-diving, surfing, and reading.
Over the summer, Emma will manage the online rollout of the Electric Vehicle Expert Certification Program and develop an EV charger site host program.
We are excited to introduce our newest STCH intern, Lise Arnesen, who is joining us through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program. Lise recently graduated from Bond University in Queensland, Australia with a Masters degree in Sustainable Environments and Planning and has a Bachelors’ degree from BI Norwegian Business School in Business Administration with a specialization in International Business. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, doing pilates and going to the beach.
During her internship, she will be updating the National Drive Electric Week and Sustainable Transportation Coalition Hawaii websites, develop a project plan for the Legislative Briefing held in January, and begin preparations for the Oahu Commute Challenge 2021.
STCH Advisory Board
With years of experience working on bicycle advocacy and alternative transportation planning, Daniel is currently the Vision Zero Coordinator at the City and County of Honolulu. He is a graduate of UH Manoa’s Urban Planning department, where his extra-curriculars included co-founding and coordinating Cycle Manoa. After college, Daniel worked as a transportation planner for Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts and as an urban planner for Hawaii-based planning-firm Belt Collins. Daniel is an American Certified Institute Planner.
Boulanger has more than 20 years of experience in transportation planning and mobility consultation with a special focus on designing complete streets, researching transportation trends, parking operations, operating bike transit hubs, and marketing mobility services. Most recently, Boulanger served as the VP of Operations and Facility Design for Bikestation and its facilities nationwide. Prior to Bikestation, Boulanger was Alta Planning and Design’s Deputy Project Manager for the Abu Dhabi Pedestrian Safety Action Plan that developed roadway safety audits, countermeasures and best policies for over 150 pedestrian high-frequency crash sites.
Boulanger was originally recruited from The State of Hawaii by the City of Vancouver where he served as the senior transportation planner for the City’s then-new Neighborhood Safety & Livability program within its Transportation Services section. Boulanger served in the US Peace Corps Philippines as a volunteer and technical trainer for Local Development Planning. Boulanger is a graduate of the Urban of Regional Planning Program at UH Manoa.
Pam is a Senior Partnerships & Policy Manager at Elemental Excelerator (EEx) where she works with a diverse portfolio of startup companies to co-design, manage and implement projects that accelerate solutions to climate change and promote equity and inclusion through technology. Pam works closely with key partners in the energy, transportation, water and government sectors within Hawaii to accelerate place-based innovation through targeted project deployment and community activation. Before joining EEx, Pam was previously employed at Hawaiian Electric Companies working on multiple renewable energy and clean transportation initiatives including the Electrification of Transportation Roadmap and Critical Backbone Study. Pam holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawaii and has authored articles appearing in the Journal of Energy Policy.
Michael Colón is the Manager of Electrification of Transportation for the Hawaiian Electric Companies. The Hawaiian Electric Companies collectively serve the energy needs of 95% of the population in the state of Hawai’i and are at the forefront of achieving the State’s policy goal of 100% clean energy by 2045. Part of this transition includes the utility leading initiatives to support the electrification of transportation which has provided electric vehicle rate and DC fast charging service across its service territory, since 2014.
Michael was instrumental in developing Hawaiian Electric’s Electrification of Transportation Strategic Roadmap and the subsequent critical backbone study, which established a planning methodology for evaluating future EV charging needs and optimizing locations for infrastructure development.
Michael draws upon experience in law, regulation, and business development and has helped shape energy and electric vehicle policy in the state. Before Hawaiian Electric, Michael served as Commission Counsel for the Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, and a J.D. and M.B.A from the University of Hawai’i.
As Senior Vice President of Investments & Analytics, Greg manages investment efforts including strategy evaluation and development, due diligence, financial modeling, and project support and oversight. Greg works on a variety of energy- and agriculture-related projects, including Hawaii Dairy Farms, Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning, and Ibis Networks, and serves on the boards of Bikeshare Hawaii and OpConnect Hawaii. He is also involved in sustainable transportation projects and local efforts to reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled in the state.
“Ulupono has provided the opportunity to harness my financial background and interest in private equity to support Hawaii and ideally make a difference for generations to come.”
Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in Singapore. Prior to joining Ulupono, Greg was the head of the strategy and financial planning at StubHub. In 2015, Greg was recognized as one of Pacific Business News’ Forty Under 40 and joined the class of the Pacific Century Fellows.
Fun fact: Greg does not know how to update LinkedIn.
Jenna has extensive experience in, and knowledge of, biodiesel and is also very involved in outreach, education, and marketing events for the company. Jenna was awarded top honors by the Sales and Marketing Professionals Association in the Sales and Marketing Executives International Green Services category.
Kiana Otsuka is the Transportation Planner at the Oʻahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO). OahuMPO coordinates transportation planning on the island of Oʻahu. The organization is primarily tasked with the distribution of Federal transportation monies to the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation, City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services, among other recipients.
In her current role, she works on the Oʻahu Regional Transportation Plan, and manages sub-area corridor studies, including the coordination and execution of public involvement efforts of the MPO. Kiana is a strong advocate for making sustainable transportation options safer, more convenient, and enjoyable for everyone.
Outside of work, Kiana serves on the Mid-Pacific Institute Alumni Board, Surfrider Oʻahu Core Volunteer Group, and as a Community Huki Leader for Mālama Maunalua.
Kiana is a graduate of Mid-Pacific Institute, holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master’s in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Kayla Saunders is the Energy Analyst for the Department of Defense, working at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command HQ in the J81 Innovation and Experimentation division. She primarily works on operational energy relevant projects, anywhere from new expeditionary microgrid systems to hydrogen electrolyzers. This past year, she started a Hydrogen Community of Interest, linking DoD personnel to State, private sector, and industry members to collaborate on hydrogen projects and research. This group has grown to over 50 members (both locally and nationally based) and has resulted in a few Hawai’i-specific projects, including a pending military installation hydrogen shuttle service in partnership with the Hawai’i Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) and hydrogen fueling station development for future S&T projects hosted here.
Additionally, Kayla works as an Environmental Coordinator for a small, local company called One World One Water, LLC, where they focus their efforts on water security projects throughout the state. She is also a current graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, pursuing her MS in Environmental Science and Policy, with an added certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Kayla currently serves on the Blue Planet Foundation Young Professional Ambassador Board and is a Climate Reality Leader representing Hawai’i in Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. For fun, she enjoys the outdoors, gardening, and she has been a competitive paddler for the past 18 years.
Ben Trevino is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, and technologist. He currently serves as the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s Sustainability Planner. Prior to that, he was the President and COO of Bikeshare Hawaii and was a founder of Interisland Terminal, a Honolulu-based non-profit organization with projects including community spaces, the Kaka‘ako Agora, and R&D Bookstore and Cafe. He has held previous positions with the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, the Hawaii International Film Festival and Google. Trevino holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Shidler School of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was recognized as a member of the Pacific Business News Forty under 40 Class of 2016. He serves on the boards for Common Cause Hawaii, Hawaii Open Data, The SEEQS Foundation and the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii.