Kris Kokame works at the East-West Center, where she strives to bridge philanthropy between the US, China, and the rest of the world. Having grown up in Hawai`i, the “extinction capital of the world,” she is passionate about environmental and conservation causes. She is currently pursuing a business degree with the goal of increasing cross-sectoral collaboration for conservation.
Kris enjoys getting involved in a variety of organizations, such as the Hawaiian Tree Snail Conservation Lab, the Bishop Museum Vertebrate Collection, Mālama Maunalua, the Hawaii Audubon Society Freeman Seabird Preserve, and now the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. She is grateful to Dr. Wilson for helping to inspire her love and respect for nature since childhood, and hopes to contribute as much as she can to make Half-Earth a reality.
Kris’s favorite things to do are hiking and going to the beach, especially to search for native Hawaiian fauna in the forests and ocean.