Faculty & Staff



Island Leadership Lab Guest Speaker


JD, George Washington University, 2023
BS, George Mason University , 2023


Ms. Noelani Kalipi assists clients with project development and management, with specific emphasis on strategic planning, project implementation, and meaningful community engagement. As President of Kalipi Enterprises, Noelani specializes in the areas of systems planning, food security, energy security, community empowerment and helping communities to create and implement “courageous space” for difficult and emotionally charged discussions related to land use, ancestral knowledge and indigenous rights, economic development, and access to capital.

In her role as Chief Strategy Officer/EVP Hawaii-Pacific for Progression Energy, she leads the development of utility-scale renewable energy projects specializing in floating offshore wind and solar energy. Noelani is an active member of the Hawaii Leadership Forum, Omidyar Fellows program, and First Nations Futures Program. She gained extensive federal policy experience while working for US Senator Daniel Akaka in Washington, DC., and served on active duty in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

She serves on several nonprofit boards including PBS Hawaii, The Daniel Kahikina Akaka Family Foundation, and Sustainable Energy Hawaii. Noelani has a bachelor’s degree in government politics and economics from George Mason University and a law degree from George Washington University National Law Center.

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