Darien supports the Pipeline team with startup sourcing, focusing primarily on circular economy companies. She also works on mapping Elemental Excelerator’s ecosystem and creating engagement strategies for its partners and community members. 

Prior to Elemental Excelerator

Darien received a B.S. in Apparel Design and Merchandising with a Minor in Sustainability from California State University, Northridge. During this time, she worked as a personal stylist for 4 years. She served as Sustainability Officer in the California State Student Association and Chair of Sustainability at CSU Northridge, where she developed and implemented programs to improve the CSUN campus and CSU system. She moved to Honolulu in the summer of 2017 to pursue an M.A. in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development. Her graduate research focuses on identifying the benefits and barriers that sustainability-minded apparel/textile businesses face while operating in Hawai’i.

Outside of the office
Darien enjoys cooking vegan dishes, painting, and dreaming up designs for a future sustainable apparel brand. She spends most of her free time doing homework!