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Maxine Burkett

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Maxine is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. An international expert on the law and policy of climate change, she has presented her work in diverse areas of climate law throughout the United States and in West Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her work has been cited in numerous news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the New York Times, and Nature Climate Change. From 2009-2012, Maxine also served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy. Maxine received her B.A. from Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, and received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the boards of The Climate Museum, ELAW, Global Greengrants Fund, and the Blue Planet Foundation.  She also serves as is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, the American Law Institute, and as the Co-Rapporteur of the International Law Association’s Sea Level Rise Committee.

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Maya Soetoro-Ng

Co-Founder & Senior Adviser

Maya serves as a consultant to the Obama Foundation, working closely with their international team to develop programming in the Asia Pacific region.  Prior to her work with the Obama Foundation, she was the Director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa where, in addition to leading outreach and development initiatives, she also taught Leadership for Social Change, History of Peace Movements, Peace Education, and Conflict Management for Educators. She was awarded a master’s degree in Secondary Education from NYU's College of Education and a PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Hawaiʻi. For many years, she worked at the University of Hawaiʻi College of Education where she taught Multicultural Education, Social Studies Methods, and Peace Education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Maya has published a number of book contributions as well as a picture book entitled Ladder to the Moon and is currently under contract to write a Young Adult novel entitled Yellowwood.  Maya sits on many voluntary boards and is the co-founder of the nonprofit Ceeds of Peace, which creates peacebuilding action plan workshops for educators, families and community leaders.

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Zelda Keller

Program Advisor

Zelda is a consultant who specializes in peace and conflict resolution. Her other area of expertise is in the political realm, where she has been part of local, state, and presidential campaign teams and has studied the public opinion around key policy issues like marriage equality, clean energy, food sovereignty, and child abuse prevention. Zelda has also traveled, researched, and worked extensively on peacebuilding initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region, most recently as a fellow at the East-West Center. She received her B.A. in Peace Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi, a certificate in Asia Pacific Leadership from the East-West Center, and she is an alumna of the national service program, AmeriCorps VISTA.  In addition to her work with the Institute for Climate and Peace, Zelda serves as a consultant on the Obama Foundation’s international team.

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Sekita Grant

Program Advisor

Sekita Grant is an environmental policy and social justice strategist and consultant. Most recently Sekita worked as the Policy and Impact Strategy manager for Emerson Elemental. In that capacity, Sekita helped to catalyze new approaches to scaling environmental and social good through climate and environment policies and project. Prior to Emerson Elemental, Sekita worked at the Greenlining Institute as Legal Counsel for their Environmental Equity team. In that role, she worked to make energy and climate policies in California equitable and beneficial to communities of color. She came to Greenlining from Business for Social Responsibility, a California nonprofit where she worked as a climate and energy sustainability consultant to large corporations. Prior to that, Sekita worked as a policy advisor at the California Energy Commission in Sacramento. There she served as lead advisor to the chair on climate, transportation, and legal matters.

 

Board of Directors

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Maxine Burkett

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Maxine is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. An international expert on the law and policy of climate change, she has presented her work in diverse areas of climate law throughout the United States and in West Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her work has been cited in numerous news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the New York Times, and Nature Climate Change. From 2009-2012, Maxine also served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy. Maxine received her B.A. from Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, and received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the boards of The Climate Museum, ELAW, Global Greengrants Fund, and the Blue Planet Foundation.  She also serves as is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, the American Law Institute, and as the Co-Rapporteur of the International Law Association’s Sea Level Rise Committee.

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AMANDA ELLIS

Amanda Ellis is the Executive Director, Hawaii and Asia-Pacific and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center where, from 2016-2018, she served as Special Advisor for International Programs and Partnerships in the Office of the President on secondment from the New Zealand Foreign Ministry. Until March 2016 Ms. Ellis served as New Zealand’s Head of Mission and Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Francophone Africa. From 2010 she was Deputy Secretary International Development and the first woman to head the New Zealand Aid Programme, managing an annual budget of over $0.6 billion. Prior to this, Ms. Ellis was Lead Specialist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Group at the World Bank Group in Washington D.C., where she managed the World Bank President’s Global Private Sector CEO Leaders Forum and led the Doing Business gender research project which created “Women, Business and the Law.” While at the World Bank, she worked with the Economist Intelligence Unit to create the EIU Women’s Economic Opportunity Index. Ms. Ellis also founded the International Finance Corporation’s gender program, where she developed the first lines of credit for women entrepreneurs in Africa delivered through local banks. In the late 1990s she served in senior executive roles at Westpac Banking Corporation in Australia, including as Head of Women’s Markets and National Manager Women in Business, growing a new business rapidly to over half a billion dollars in annual revenues within just three years.

Ms. Ellis is the author of two best-selling Random House books, Women’s Business, Women’s Wealth and Woman 2 Woman and lead author of five research titles in the World Bank Directions in Development series on gender and growth in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and the Pacific. A founding member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, Ms. Ellis is the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women’s economic empowerment, the East-West Center Distinguished Alumni Award and the Columba College Distinguished Alumna Award and NZ Business Hall of Fame.

 Ms Ellis serves on the advisory boards of FINCA International, the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, Friends of the East West Center, Hawaii Green Growth, the World Economic Forum Future Agenda Councils and the Council on Foreign Relations Advisory Committee on economic inclusion. She is a member of NZ Global Women and an honorary member of BPW International and Rotary International. Pacific Business News named Ms. Ellis one of ten 'women to watch' in Hawaii in 2017.

Ms Ellis holds a BA First Class Honors degree in French and Economics from the University of Otago, New Zealand, an MA degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa which she earned on an East-West Center scholarship, an LTCL from Trinity College of London. She has completed executive education programs at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD, and the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies Transnational Security Course for two star generals and civilian equivalent.

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LISA GROVE

Lisa Grove has been the lead strategist and pollster for political candidates, nonprofit organizations, corporations and labor unions for over 20 years.  Lisa has had the privilege of working with an array of clients from US Senators, Members of Congress and Governors in Hawaii and on the mainland and was on Barack Obama’s presidential re-election team.   

Sustainability and conservation is a passion, not just a profession for Lisa.  Lisa has helped move and shape public opinion on a wide range of conservation issues from coal mining, establishing marine protected areas and wilderness to invasive species.  She is also a national thought leader on climate change and serves as an advisory board member for iMatter, a national youth-led climate change group.

Lisa divides her time between the island of Lanai, Hawaii and Honolulu.  She is an active member of the Lanai community, writing for the local newspaper, helping secure grants for the Lanai Culture & Heritage Center, acting as a hiking and history guide, and helping out with the school foundation she helped to establish.

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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COLLABORATORS

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Purpose

 

A New Way Forward

The effects of climate change are more complex than just a simple change of temperature. Globally, climate change is already devastating communities - threatening food security, intensifying weather events, and forcing the migration of thousands of individuals in search of a safe and prosperous future. The complexity, urgency, and gravity of these new problems require innovative, equitable, and multi-sectoral ways of thinking. By coupling peacebuilding problem-solving methods with rigorous climate change research and resilience strategies, we equip decision makers at all scales with the tools needed to respond to the climate crisis, reduce social friction, and build social cohesion through locally-based and culturally-appropriate responses.


Mission and Vision

ICP’s mission is to advance effective and inclusive processes to build peaceful and climate-resilient futures for the wellbeing of all, especially the most vulnerable. To guide this work, the Institute looks to the following:

ICP’S THEORY OF CHANGE
If peacebuilding problem-solving methods are applied in parallel with rigorous research on the changing climate, then decision makers at all scales are better equipped to respond to climate crises, reduce friction, and build social cohesion through locally-based and culturally-appropriate responses.
GUIDING STAR
(Vision)
Climate and peace are integrated collaborative fields helping to advance a just and sustainable peace for thriving, cohesive communities.
 

Our Values

VALUES STATEMENT: The Institute for Climate and Peace advances peaceful, climate-resilient futures by harnessing the inherent wisdom, power, ingenuity, and voices of the communities that we serve. We transcend generational, ideological, and social divides to develop equitable, pragmatic, and innovative pathways to our ideal futures. We work with communities to build climate-resilient peace and to leverage peacebuilding methods to generate just and effective climate solutions through process-based, data-driven, community-led strategies.

A NEW NARRATIVE
Envision the Harvest
We join with communities to envision and build ideal futures. With a strengths-based approach, we transform obstacles into opportunities for peaceful change and meet impending climate threats with resilience and optimism.
COMMUNAL RESPECT
Behaviors of Mutual Regard
Trust isn’t just earned; it’s developed and cultivated through sincere action and demonstrated respect. That’s why we come to our collaborations with humility, curiosity, and an eager commitment to understand and embrace local perspectives and practices.
ALL POWER TO ALL PEOPLE
All Power to All People
Sustainable peace is only achievable when everyone’s voice is valued. Our work intentionally invites and is influenced by people of every age, social status, and ideology, particularly those from historically marginalized groups. Together we collaborate in the development of brighter, equitable, more inclusive futures.
CULTURE OF COMMITMENT
Relationship/Partnership
We believe that relationships built on mutual trust and shared incentives lead to powerful and permanent results. We move beyond transactional engagements to build meaningful and lasting relationships with communities and populations, and remain committed to our shared goals and to our co-creators.
ETHICAL COMMUNICATION
Right Communication
We listen first, always. Then we maximize the lasting value of our own words and actions by honestly and clearly communicating our goals, intentions, and strategies at every step of our efforts.
INDIGENOUS INNOVATION
Service-honoring culture, proximity
The strongest solutions of the future will be informed by the wisdom of the past. Our work honors and elevates indigenous practices, generational knowledge, and ancient wisdom.
MEANINGFUL METRICS
Pragmatically process-focused and data-driven
We are committed to advancing pragmatic, practical, and process-focused solutions that are supported by data and we work to make this data accessible to communities everywhere.