joined the Natural Resources Agency in March 2022. As the Deputy Secretary for Equity and Environmental Justice, Noaki will work to embed the principles of environmental justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into the work of the Agency and its 26 member departments. She was the Deputy Director of Communications, Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs at the California Coastal Commission, where she worked for eight years and where she helped lead the development of the agency’s environmental justice policy. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade writing for the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times and other publications. Noaki received her BA from UC Santa Cruz and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was born and raised in Long Beach.