Kirstin Punu leads AES Distributed Energy’s community engagement & strategic partnership efforts for their Hawaii solar + storage projects. She graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design with a Master in Urban Planning degree and a concentration in real estate finance and development and also earned a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. In addition to serving on The Trust for Public Land Hawaii Advisory Board, Kirstin is also a Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) executive board member. She received certification from the American Planning Association (APA) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Previously Kirstin served as Realty Specialist for the Department of Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific, responsible for two of the largest, most complex programs serviced by NAVFAC Pacific’s Asset Management group, and prior to NAVFAC was Project Manager for the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Freedom with Clifford Planning & Architecture, LLC. She also spent time in Japan with Lehman Brother’s Global Commercial Real Estate group researching and authoring market and industry reports and Hong Kong as a Real Estate Development Consultant with Hopewell Housing Ltd. Kirstin grew up in Haiku, Maui and now lives in Honolulu, Oahu.