Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

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Celeste Connors

Hawai’i Green Growth
Executive Director
Advisor on high-impact initiatives
Member 2016 to present

Celeste Connors has twenty years of experience working at the intersection of economic, environment, energy, and international development policy. Before joining Hawai'i Green Growth, she was CEO and co-founder of cdots development LLC, which works to build resilient infrastructure and services in vulnerable communities. Celeste previously served as the Director for Environment and Climate Change at the National Security Council and National Economic Council in the White House where she helped shape the Administration's climate and energy policies. Prior to joining the White House, Celeste served as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Germany. She also held positions at the U.S. Mission to the UN, served as the Climate and Energy Advisor to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and worked for City of New York. Celeste is faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. In addition to her role on the board of GLISPA, Celeste is a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of America’s Service Commission. Celeste grew up on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. She is committed to building innovative financing and community-driven solutions to global challenge based on island values, including the local implementation of the UN SDGs through platforms like the Aloha+ Challenge.