Ocean protection group names director

Christina Lizzi

The Maui News

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, a nonprofit working for healthy coral reefs, ocean water and native fish in Maui County, has tapped Christina Lizzi as its new executive director.

In addition to local and international law experience, Lizzi most recently served as a law clerk for the Hawaii Supreme Court. She earned her law degree from University of Hawaii at Manoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law, with certificates in environmental law and Native Hawaiian rights, and her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University.

Before moving to Hawaii in 2012, Lizzi was a policy analyst and national community organizer on fisheries issues at Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.

“Christina has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to the environment and to the well-being of Hawaii,” said Robin Newbold, nonprofit co-founder and chairwoman. “Her professionalism, excellent communication skills, ability to bring people together, experience with environmental nonprofits, and love of the ocean are qualities that will serve our organization well as we expand our projects and programs on behalf of our local coral reefs.”

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is known for its role as a co-founder and managing partner of Hui O Ka Wai Ola, a volunteer-based ocean water quality monitoring program that routinely tests ocean water quality at 39 locations in South and West Maui.

For more information on the nonprofit, visit www.mauireefs.org.