HONOLULU — Jana Light has joined The Nature Conservancy as Senior Associate Director of Philanthropy (ADOP) and will lead philanthropic efforts for the Palmyra Program.
Light comes to TNC from the University of Hawaii Foundation, where she served as the ADOP for CTAHR (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources), SOEST (School of Ocean, Earth, Science and Technology) and the Shidler College of Business.
“We are excited Jana is joining the Conservancy. She brings outstanding fundraising and relationship-building skills and a ‘culture of philanthropy’ mindset to our team,” said Lori Admiral, Director of Philanthropy.
Light shared that her work with the UH Foundation sparked her interest in science and her understanding about the connection between human wellbeing and a healthy environment. She said, “I am fascinated by and committed to doing what I can to advance the well-being of all humans, and I think climate change is the biggest threat facing our (and all) species. I’m excited to join a non-profit organization focused on the environment and that finds its work and solutions through a two-prong, blended focus on people and science.”
Previously, Light was a researcher, editor and writer in the office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Washington State University. Light holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Willamette University, and an MA from Boise State University, also in English Literature.