Zena Grecni

Zena is a 2015 Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Before entering graduate school, Zena worked at the University of Hawai‘i and the East-West Center in Honolulu, managing projects to provide state, regional, and national decision makers with actionable research and information to support their climate change adaptation initiatives. As Communications Coordinator for the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) program, she developed and implemented the communications strategy for a regional climate research partnership. Here at Yale F&ES, Zena is studying climate change impacts and solutions and international environmental policy. Her assistantship at YPCCC is an opportunity to expand her communications experience, especially through harnessing the power of social media to build a community of citizen climate communicators. Ultimately, she hopes to return to Hawai‘i to facilitate collaboration in the Pacific region for sustainability and resilience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. Zena enjoys jogging in New Haven, hiking in the Appalachian Mountains, and landscape photography.