Tina Lee joined the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance as Program Coordinator in 2015, coordinating and supporting the Alliance member organizations and providing strategic program management and planning. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, she had her first encounters with nature in redwood forests and tide pools along the California coast. Calling Hawaiʻi home since 2013, she is fascinated by the diverse culture, microclimates, and ecosystems she has experienced while exploring the Hawaiian land and seascapes.
Tina brings to HCA experience managing programs with different partners such as policy makers, resource managers, community leaders, and decision makers. Prior to joining us at HCA, Tina was a Project Coordinator for UH Mānoa’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management managing a USAID project in Mindanao, Philippines. Prior to UH NREM, she worked for Conservation International (CI) in Arlington, Virginia as the Manager for International Outreach of the Ocean Health Index where she conducted strategic outreach to have the Index adopted by global policy makers as a baseline for comprehensive ocean policy. At CI, she also worked on a global assessment of sea turtle bycatch. An ocean enthusiast, Tina has best memories include field work with leatherback sea turtles in Tortuguero, Costa Rica and Reef Check along the North-east coast of Taiwan.
Tina loves to travel and learn about cultural history and languages, and can speak Mandarin and Spanish. In her free time, you can find Tina reading about food, eating, cooking, and trying new restaurants in Honolulu. She holds a dual Master’s Degree in International Affairs/Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the American University in Washington DC and the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica. Tina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California San Diego.