Miwa earned her B.A. and M.A. in Economics (emphasis on environmental economics) from the University of Southern California, and is a skilled facilitator and process designer. She brings executive and advocacy experience to KUA from her five years serving as Executive Director at local non-profit KAHEA. She has well over 10 years working in environmental management/policy in other non-profits, in government and as a private consultant in California, Mexico and Tanzania, including the National Estuary Program (NEP) for Santa Monica Bay, Natural Equity, and the Conservation Strategy Fund. Miwa lives with her husband and two children in Waipiʻo, Oʻahu.