Aki oversees a team that aims to make a global impact by shifting local markets through place-based innovation. She works with policymakers, business leaders, and youth to deploy over 56 innovation projects, share learnings, and create pathways to jobs of the future through over 70 Elemental internships. She believes that in order for climate-positive technologies to scale globally, their economic health should align with the values of the communities they serve, and these communities are advisors, navigators, and co-creators of our new climate era. She is also a commissioner for the City & County of Honolulu Planning Commission.

Prior to Elemental Excelerator

Aki served as land use and sustainability manager for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) and transportation planner for WSP (formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff).

Aki holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and Bachelor of Arts in Growth & Structure of Cities from Haverford College. Aki focuses on the intersection of technology and communities, bringing a cross-disciplinary approach to solving civic challenges through the lens of innovation and social equity.

Outside of the office

Aki attempts to defy gravity on the aerial silk and trapeze.

Honors, speaking, & press mentions

Aki has spoken nationally on topics such as innovation and infrastructure, new and e-mobility, and innovation and policy at forums like Rail~volution and VERGE Hawaiʻi, and has been quoted by GreenBiz, the LA Daily News, and Informed Infrastructure.
She has been honored as an Omidyar Fellow and Pacific Business News, Women who Mean Business 2020.