Emma Anders started as the Program Director for the Hawai`i Conservation Alliance in August of 2016, supporting program development and strategic planning. In April of 2019, Emma stepped into the role of Executive Director for the Hawai`i Conservation Alliance Foundation. She has more than a decade of experience in natural resources stewardship, facilitation and planning, partnership development, and co-management implementation. Before coming to HCA, Emma worked for the Department of Land and Natural Resources Aquatic Resources Division (DAR) as the Planner supporting development of nearshore marine regulations, ecosystem stewardship projects, community-based management plans, and implementation of the Hawaii Coral Reef Strategy. While at the State, she developed a strong appreciation for the value of partnership and collaboration in effective resource stewardship.
A graduate of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Emma grew up in Waimea on Hawai`i island where she developed a deep appreciation for the wet `ohi`a forests of Kohala and the clear and warm waters of West Hawai`i coral ecosystems. In her free time, Emma enjoys hiking the many beautiful trails of the Ko`olau, gardening at her Palolo home, in the ocean, and cooking and eating delicious locally sourced food.