Leilani is a communications and project coordination specialist with nine years experience in leading outreach, capacity building, and network development for regional development projects in the Asia-Pacific region. She has worked on critical environmental issues such as marine resource management, sustainable fisheries, climate change
adaptation, clean water access, and solid waste management.
She has delivered successful outreach initiatives using new media platforms combined with robust storytelling that is technically sound and audience-appropriate, while employing insights from working as a journalist in local and international media organizations. She has taken lead roles in results-based project management, donor reporting, and evaluation tasks for various multilateral and bilateral donors such as USAID, the US Department of the Interior, and the Government of Canada.
Leilani was born and raised in the Philippines and lived in New York and Bangkok, before moving to Bali. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Arts in Journalism from New York University, majoring in Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting. She was a Fulbright Scholar from 2004-2006.