Derek Hoshiko joined Climate Solutions in 2014 and leads racial equity, climate justice, and climate urgency efforts through community engagement. He focuses on facilitating a rapid and just transition away from a system of oppressive and extractive economics, politics, and culture, toward a living economy that works for all. In his community volunteer work, he is interested in education through reflective and contemplative practice and building connections between and among fields and movements. He believes that we must think holistically about the climate crisis as more than a scientific, political, or technological issue, rather a lens through which we look at every aspect of life and our work.
Derek has worked for YES! Magazine as Online Marketing Manager and Seattle Good Business Network, a member of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, after moving to the Seattle-area in 2004. In 2007, he co-founded Web Collective, Inc., a Seattle-based employee-owned cooperative that served web solutions to values-aligned organizations. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver, where he also completed a Master’s degree. Derek lives on Whidbey Island with his wife and son.