Hawai‘i-focused impact investment firm Ulupono Initiative today announced two new members to its transportation and administrative teams.
Kathleen “Katie” Rooney joins Ulupono Initiative as a transportation systems manager, which is a new position for the organization. “Our work in the state’s renewable energy sector has recently included more efforts to promote clean transportation such as electric vehicles and bikeshare,” said Managing Partner Murray Clay. “We recognized that we needed a transportation planning expert to help us navigate Hawai‘i’s complex systems, and we’re pleased to have found someone as capable as Katie.”
Rooney brings 14 years of national experience in the transportation and transit industry. Prior to joining Ulupono, she served as a project manager of Renaissance Planning in Orlando, Fla., and as a senior manager at ICF International in Washington D.C. She managed a Complete Streets and transit best practices project for the Florida Department of Transportation, as well as transportation demand management programs for the New York State Department of Transportation. Rooney holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tulane University in New Orleans.
“I’m happy to join Ulupono Initiative where I hope to help ensure the success of multi-modal ground transportation planning and transit-oriented project development processes,” Rooney said. “This means helping the transportation planning process advance a wide set of sustainability goals.”
Another recent addition to Ulupono Initiative is Adriann Gin who serves as an administrative assistant. A graduate of Punahou School, Gin previously worked as a transportation/logistics coordinator for the CBS television show “Survivor” in Fiji. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Chinese from Georgetown University.
“Ulupono Initiative’s core values are deeply aligned with my own, and I feel a profound responsibility to help move Hawai‘i toward a more sustainable future,” Gin said.
About Ulupono Initiative
Ulupono Initiative is a for-profit, impact investment firm that strives to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawai‘i by working toward solutions that create more locally grown food, increase clean renewable energy and better management of waste and water. For more information about Ulupono Initiative, please visit www.ulupono.com or connect with Ulupono on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.