Emma Hokoda is driven by her passion for human-centered sustainable development and a desire to be a culturally competent and proximate learner and leader. She holds a BS in environmental studies from Santa Clara University (SCU), where she graduated magna cum laude. While at SCU, Emma contributed to several local and global research projects in Santa Clara, Reykjavík, and Tanzania. She was awarded the Environmental Studies Senior Research Award by department faculty.
Emma has contributed to climate action and community development in both the public and nonprofit sectors. She ran community engagement programs focused on sustainability as a Climate Corps Fellow for Sunnyvale, California, and conducted donor and project research for Catholic Relief Services’ climate change and land restoration team. Emma also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the International Rescue Committee in Seattle where she provided financial education and coaching to immigrants and refugees. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Keough Family Fellowship.