Aimee Barnes

Founder and CEO, Hua Nani Partners


Aimee has nearly 20 years’ experience in climate, energy and sustainability, spanning
the state, federal and international levels, and the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
She is the founder and CEO of Hua Nani Partners, a consulting practice focused on
seeding the next generation of climate and energy solutions. She also serves as
co-director of Elemental Excelerator’s Policy Lab, and a senior advisor at the
California-China Climate Institute. In 2022, Aimee was appointed by Hawai’i’s Governor
David Ige to serve on the Hawai’i State Board for Land and Natural Resources.

Aimee served previously as Senior Advisor to California Governor Edmund G. Brown
Jr., Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations at the California
Environmental Protection Agency, and was a partner at Allotrope Partners. Earlier in her
career she worked on climate issues internationally, in the UK and United Arab
Emirates, at the carbon markets firm EcoSecurities, and at the Natural Resources
Defense Council (NRDC).

Aimee founded Powerwomen, a database of leading women in climate change and
energy, and was the 2018 recipient of the Government Leadership Award for DOE’s
C3E Women’s Initiative. She also co-founded Bright Spot Network, which supports
parents facing cancer while raising young children, and serves on the boards of the
Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and Independent Diplomat. She has an
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of
International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a BA from Dartmouth College in
Environmental Studies. Aimee lives in Oahu with her husband and two children, and
draws inspiration for her work on climate and sustainability issues from her love and
respect for the natural world and her Hawaiian heritage.