Kelly Takaya King, Maui Hawaii County Councilmember, Joins Board of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) welcomes Kelly Takaya King, Maui Hawaii County Councilmember, to its Board of Directors.

“I am truly honored to join this impressive group and look forward to action-oriented discussions on renewable energy, managed retreat, and other solutions to our climate crisis,” said Councilmember King. “I’m especially excited to bring the unique perspective of island resiliency to the membership!”

ICLEI USA is the country office for ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability – the leading global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainability. The ICLEI USA Board members are public- and private-sector leaders from across the country, including mayors and county executives representing diverse regions. ICLEI’s Board helps drive the organization strategically and ensures that ICLEI’s value to its local government members continues to meet and exceed expectations.

“Island leaders operate on the frontlines of the climate emergency. We are delighted to welcome Kelly King to our Board. Her ability to develop innovations in the public and private sector serves as an ambitious example for our members across the country,” said Angie Fyfe, Executive Director of ICLEI USA. 

Kelly Takaya King holds the County Council seat for the South Maui Hawaii residency area.  She was the chair of the Planning Committee in her first term and now leads the Climate Action and Resilience Committee which she created with the support of her colleagues. Kelly is Vice President of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, LLC, a pioneering renewable energy company she co-founded with her husband Robert King in 1995. Among her many accomplishments, Kelly received the 2018 Maui Sierra Club Onipa`a Award, was named to the Biofuels Digest international list of Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017, and earned the 2005 BlueSky Award from United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Shenzhen, China.

Councilmember King will serve on a Board comprised of fellow local leaders including Board Chair Brigid Shea, Commissioner of Travis County, TX; Board Vice-Chair Pam O’Connor, former Mayor of City of Santa Monica, CA; and Board Treasurer Matthew Appelbaum, Former Mayor of City of Boulder, CO; Frank Cownie, Mayor, Des Moines, IA; David Driskell, Principal with Baird + Driskell Planning in Seattle, WA; Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA; Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of the Courts Miami-Dade County, FL; Dan Stiles, Founding Partner at Stiles.Legal and Senior Strategic Advisor, and General Counsel to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project; and Meghna Tare, Chief Sustainability Officer at the University of Texas Arlington.


ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in more than 100 countries, we support local governments to deliver their self-determined sustainability policy and drive local action for low-emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient, and circular development. Our members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships, and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.

ICLEI USA is the United States country office of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and the leading technical experts on greenhouse-gas emissions accounting, climate action, and resilience and sustainability planning. Along with our ClearPath tool for local greenhouse gas emissions accounting, we remain firmly positioned as the experts in the industry through our development of the U.S. Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissionsthe Local Government Operations Protocol, and the Recycling and Composting Protocol.