April 19th, 2016
Blue Planet Foundation is excited and proud to announce that Pacific Business News has named Blue Planet Chief of Staff Melissa Miyashiro to the 2016 Forty Under 40 list of young business and community leaders in Hawaii. As a key part of the Blue Planet team, Melissa is instrumental in the organization’s work to accelerate clean energy in Hawaii.
In her role as Chief of Staff, Melissa ties together the organization’s programs, communications, staff, and strategic planning. For example, in 2015, Melissa led Blue Planet’s communications campaign to engage community members and activists in support of clean energy legislation. With her creativity and leadership, the voice of citizens across the state helped to pass Hawaii’s first-in-the-nation 100% clean energy law. At the same time, she led Blue Planet to its most successful fundraising year ever, she served as a liaison to Blue Planet’s Board of Directors, and she kept the entire organization operating smoothly.
Melissa was nominated for her blend of passion and professionalism. Before joining Blue Planet to work on critical energy issues, she worked on the challenge of invasive species, and also as a bankruptcy attorney. Even while juggling a heavy workload, she has volunteered time on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Environmental, Energy, and Resources Section.
“By tackling some of the most pressing issues facing our state, Melissa’s passion for improving and protecting our communities is self-evident,” said Jeff Mikulina, Blue Planet’s Executive Director. “That passion is book-ended by top-notch professionalism. At Blue Planet, we already know how lucky we are to have such an effective leader on the team. We are grateful to Pacific Business News for recognizing the hard work of Melissa and other young leaders in Hawaii.”
Melissa is a 2010 graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, where she received the highly regarded Environmental Law Certificate, served as a Project Leader for the Hammurabi Legal Forum on the Rule of Law, and was awarded for her academic performance. She was later invited back as a Lecturer in Law, helping to teach the next generation of law students and leaders.
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