There is plenty of bad news in the world, but there is also plenty of good news – people working together, solving problems, loving each other. The Sustainable Leader Network has been built around one purpose – to encourage more of the good news.
Sustainable leaders know that they have to work with others to find solutions to the problems we face together, and that means that we need everyone in the room – even those that we may not agree with.
The Sustainable Leader Network is a worldwide network of people from all walks of life, those working on the environment, in communities, and in business. Together, and only together, can we craft the solutions that will propel us forward.
Cultivate leadership, encourage friendly dialogue, and create meaningful change.
Create a network of leaders around the world who are willing to work together to make the world a better place than we found it.
Our Core Values
“The Visionary” | Chairman
“The Vault” | Treasurer
“The Viper” | Sergeant at Arms
“The Viking” | Vice Chairman
Nathan is a military veteran who began his professional career in 2001 as a Korean translator. Since then, he has served as a consultant and subject matter expert on conflicts around the world. He is currently the Program Manager for Socio-Cultural Analysis at US Pacific Command, and a community mediator at the Mediation Center of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. Nathan also serves as Chairman of The Sustainable Leader Network.
Nathan holds a Bachelors of Arts in Asian Studies from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Arts in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University. He is also a voracious reader and a dreamer who firmly believes that if you can imagine it, you can build it.
Nathan is a scuba diving instructor in his free time, and loves teaching people about the ocean and the amazing life in it.
June holds a MBA and a MA in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University and a BA in Business from Seattle University. She is an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate, an Advisory Board Member of the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii, and a full-time program manager for Kupu, a Hawaii-based youth empowerment and conservation non-profit. June is the acting Treasurer (aka The Vault) for The Sustainable Leader Network since 2016. June’s love and respect for plants and animals has been her motivation to seek a career and lifestyle committed to sustainability. You can often find June commuting by bike, composting her coffee grounds, and unplugging her phone charger before leaving the house; all simple ways that each of us can help our Mother Earth.
Rachel James is a mother and as such is constantly learning the world anew through youthful eyes. She is also a student in the Evening Part Time Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, graduating class of 2019. She is pursuing the Environmental Law Certificate with a focus on Energy Law as it relates to the democratization of energy.
Rachel is a Project Manager at the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT), where she manages the program’s hydrogen fuel cell portfolios as well as their youth engagement outreach. Rachel is an alumna of Hawaii Pacific University where she earned a Masters in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development.
In her role as the TSLN Viper (Sergeant at Arms), Rachel works with her fellow Co-Founders to bring awareness to and interaction with the values espoused in the TSLN Creed. Rachel believes strongly that through participation in TSLN, both individuals and organizations help to create and perpetuate a safe space for people to come together to discuss and direct action toward topics that impact our communities. Rachel works to ensure that TSLN remains dynamic to be certain that members are supported in the creation of sustainable solutions, while also challenged to identify the necessary questions.
She enjoys outrigger canoe paddling, surfing, family time and friendships and works diligently to remain connected to her community and the land, to enrich the goodness of both.
From his humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Kansas, Jonathan quickly noticed how tied he was to the land around him and had an appreciation for all it provided. Believing that we all should be responsible and motivated stewards of the earth, he dedicates his work to building a sustainable future.
Jonathan takes pride in his educational background and believes knowledge is the cornerstone to true change. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Studies minoring in Physics and Astronomy. Jonathan moved to Hawaii in 2011 to pursue his higher education and focus in environmental science. He enrolled in the Global Leadership and Sustainable Development program at Hawaii Pacific University, graduating in 2013 with his Master’s degree and a certificate in Environmental Policy.
After graduation, he took 6 months to travel and explore the world in order to gain a better understanding of different cultures and societies. Upon his return to Hawaii, he entered into Kupu’s RISE program, initially as a fellow but was quickly promoted to Project Manager for Shifted Energy, a Hawaii-based company for energy load control. Currently he works as a Business Development Associate and Project Manager for Stem Inc., an intelligent software and energy storage company with offices in Honolulu.
For The Sustainable Leader, he started out as a writer in 2014 and then moved up as a managing editor for energy focused articles the following year. Jonathan currently serves as TSLN’s Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors and is nicknamed the Viking for his previously impressive beard, quick-witted charm, and headstrong attitude. In his free time, he hikes the lush, beautiful mountains of Oahu with friends and relaxes on the beach with is dog and a good book. Jonathan is an avid scuba diver and is a certified Rescue Diver in addition to being a lead singer and guitarist for his local band.