Katie Hsia-Kiung, an environmental enthusiast, joined Breathe California in early April, 2014. She has served on Breathe California’s Board of Directors for almost three years and has since been helping the organization accomplish its objectives. “As a board member, my goal is to ensure that Breathe California can achieve its mission of improving the quality of life for those who suffer from lung disease in all forms by helping the organization’s programs grow, thrive, and continue to serve its community.”
Throughout her career, Ms. Hsia-Kiung has been deeply involved with environmental health projects that focus on clean energy, the impact of climate change, air pollution, and sound climate change policy implementation. She says that, “Everyone in California should be able to breathe well. Clean air should not be a luxury, but the right of every person.”
Katie spent most of her childhood growing up in suburban part of Boston. In 2013, she graduated from Princeton University with a major in Chemistry and minor in Global Health and Health Policy. While at studying there, she developed a way to purify drinking water that is more environmentally sustainable than what is being used commercially today.
Katie currently works as a Senior Business Analyst for a company called Enphase Energy, headquartered at Petaluma, California. Before joining Enphase, she committed her efforts to a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, Environmental Defense Fund, as a Carbon Market Analyst.
We are excited to announce that Katie will be acting as Emcee for Breathe California’s 6th annual Clear The Air Film Fest on March 4, 2017. The event is a showcase for student-produced short films that address topics on air quality, environmental health and lung health. The festival’s mission is to inspire and empower students to become advocates for change in their own communities.
When not working, Katie may be found running, hiking, or eating at a new restaurant that she has never tried before.