Keala Francis Dickhens is a community advocate and current fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency, where she provides strategic consulting and research on building community capacity around environmental justice and equity programs. She is also a graduate student in the M.S. in Public Administration program at Northeastern University, with a focus on nonprofit management, energy democracy, and climate resilience. She is an award-winning creative writer and journalist, reporting on local environmental issues, such as sustainability, climate adaptation, agriculture, and eco-tourism.
Her professional experience includes strategic planning and marketing, journalism, education, and storytelling. She also researched, wrote, and produced a community portal to educate parents and build awareness at local schools around contemporary mental health issues for teenagers.
Keala graduated with an MBA from UCLA and a PhD in English from the University of Hawai`i. Her coursework in literary and cultural studies included research focus areas in narratology, feminism, indigeneity, colonialism, and creative writing.
Keala grew up and now lives in Hawai`i. Prior to her return she lived internationally in Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, and Hong Kong, and across the U.S. in California, Colorado, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C. She volunteers at several local nonprofits focused on literacy, mental health, and renewable energy.