Board of Directors

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Sust’āinable Molokai is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which means, that in addition to our deep appreciation of your generosity, your donation is tax deductible!

Eric Co

President (10/2015-Present)
Vice President (10/2012-9/2015)

Nearshore Marine Resource Conservation Program Officer, HKL Castle Foundation

Over the course of his first year, Eric has helped the Foundation completely overhaul its grant making approach to nearshore marine conservation in Hawai‘i (available for review at  One of his major roles is to proactively engage partner organizations throughout the state in an effort to co-develop projects that move the Foundation toward achieving its marine conservation goals articulated within this new framework.  Eric comes to the board with well over 15 years of experience with the Castle Foundation, and formerly with the Nature Conservancy in Hawai‘i and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

His background includes initiatives in tropical marine systems throughout the Pacific (especially in Hawai‘i), fundraising, grantmaking, grants management, project development, program building and oversight, employee supervision, strategic planning, field implementation, marine monitoring, community coordination, partnership building, and effective communication.  His strengths in these areas will allow Sust ʻāina ble Molokai to move forward with strong strategic focus and project development guidance toward prospective donor development, forming collaborative partnerships, and strengthening core funding plans.

Pūlama Lima

Cheney-Ann Pūlama Lima

Vice President (1/2018-Present)
Instructor and Institutional & Student Support, UH Maui College—Molokaʻi

Pūlama Lima has or current works as a Contract Archaeologist for Kalaupapa National Historic Park, Cultural Resource Management Specialist and Archaeologist for Nohopapa Hawaiʻi, Lecturer at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, Graduate Assistant for the North Shore Archaeological Field School, Hawaiian Language Translator and Research Assistant for the Kalaupapa Kamaʻāina Project and Ka Leo Hawaiʻi, and Hawaiian Newspaper and Curriculum Assistant for Hale Kuamoʻo.  Education: B.A. Hawaiian Studies and Anthropology, M.A. Applied Archaeology.  Non-profit Experience: Executive Director of Ka Ipu Makani Cultural Heritage Center, Program Assistant for Huliauapaʻa, Contractor for the Molokaʻi Digital Bus.  Agricultural Experience: 2016-2017 Kaupapa Loʻi o Kaʻamola Restoration.


Francois Rogers

Secretary/Treasurer  (2/2012-12/2018)
Program Director, Blue Planet Foundation

Francois spent sixteen years with one of the largest Japanese wholesale travel agencies, where he was directly involved in event management, educational programming, and sales and marketing for group packages to Hawaii. He also served as director of the highly successful Honolulu Festival for nearly a decade, managing the branding, logistics, marketing, budgeting and organizational structure of the nonprofit entity. Currently he serves as the Special Projects Director for Blue Planet Foundation in-charge of community outreach, educational programs and policy advocacy.  Francois was born in New York, raised in Japan and the Philippines, and currently lives in Kaneohe. He joined the Blue Planet Foundation in 2006.

Malia Akutagawa

Member-at-Large (7/2014-Present)
President (2/2010-6/2014)

Assistant Professor of Law, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

Malia was born and raised on Molokaʻi and is President and Founder of Sust ʻāina ble Molokai. She is an attorney and Assistant Professor of Law with both the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law and Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Malia is a 1997 alumnus of the William S. Richardson School of Law, having earned a Juris Doctor and Environmental Law Certificate. Her focal studies included Hawaiian and water rights, environmental regulations, land use, administrative and international law.

She is part of Hui ʻĀina Momona, a consortium of scholars throughout the university community charged with addressing compelling issues of indigenous Hawaiian knowledge and practices, including the legal regime and Native Hawaiian rights associated with mālama ʻāina, and with focus on cross-disciplinary solutions to natural and cultural resource management, sustainability, and food security.

Before joining the law school and Hawaiʻinuiākea faculty, Malia was the Director of the Molokaʻi Rural Development Project for 9 years. She led training and education initiatives through the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College – Molokaʻi and partnered with a number of community organizations to strengthen the capacity of the workforce and local economy.


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Audrey Lynne Newman

Member-at-Large (3/2018-Present)
Conservation & Sustainability Advisor

Audrey has more than 30 years of experience working with leaders and teams to create and implement conservation and sustainability initiatives at the site, state, national, regional and global scales. Her expertise includes Facilitation, Strategic Planning, Collaboration & Partnership Development, Project Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Peer Learning, and Leadership Networks. Since 2016, she has enjoyed using her skills and experience to support and strengthen worthy projects led by partner organizations as an advisor, board or committee member, consultant and friend. 

From 2011 to 2015, Audrey spearheaded Hawaiʻi Green Growth (HGG) and the Aloha+ Challenge.  HGG is a public-private partnership and statewide network that helps catalyze action across government, private sector and civil society to achieve Hawaiʻi’s 2030 sustainability goals, and serve as a model for integrated green growth.  Since 2010, she has served as Senior Advisor to the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), where she provides guidance and support on strategy, international partnerships, program implementation, organizational effectiveness, funding, communications and monitoring. 

In 25 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Audrey launched, directed and advised a wide variety of conservation initiatives in Hawaiʻi, the Pacific islands, Indonesia, China and globally. In Hawaiʻi, she worked with partners to create and lead many key early conservation programs – Hawaiʻi Heritage Program database to guide conservation planning; Hawaiʻi Conservation Biology Initiative, which became the HI Conservation Alliance; Natural Area Partnership & Forest Stewardship programs & long-term funding mechanisms; and five new nature reserves.  As Deputy Director and Senior Conversation Advisor for TNC’s Asia Pacific region, her accomplishments included launching and strengthening:

  • Micronesians in Island Conservation (MIC) – a pilot learning networking for leaders of government and non-government conservation organizations across Micronesia.
  • Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) and associated Pacific Invasives Partnership, strengthening regional coordination and action in invasive species management.
  • Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet), which trains and coordinates peer learning for conservation coaches in more than 50 countries.
  • Island Biodiversity Programme of Work under the UN Convention for Biological Diversity (UNCBD)
  • Global Island Partnership recognized under the UNCBD and the UN Commission for Sustainable Development to promote leadership and collaborative action to build resilient and sustainable island communities.

Audrey lives on Molokaʻi with her husband, dog and garden—and continues to work with partner organizations to advance conservation and sustainability locally and globally. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa (MA in Geography) and the University of California, Irvine (BS in Biology).

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