Lani brings over a decade of experience and management in the non-profit sector, mainly for environmental and humanitarian organizations. Her career began as an undergraduate in Gainesville at the University of Florida, where she conducted research for the school’s Office of Sustainability on the feasibility of launching an electric vehicle fleet. After spending time in the startup years of Gainesville’s first environmental film festival, and organizing one of Florida’s largest zine libraries, she moved to Boston to pursue and complete a Master’s in International Relations and Environmental Policy at Boston University.
In Boston, a growing interest in gender in developing countries led her to North Thailand to volunteer at a girl’s shelter. The experience was the inspiration for her thesis on education policies the Thai government could implement to prevent adolescent prostitution. Upon graduating, Lani moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand to work as Program Director at the same girl’s shelter where she previously volunteered.
Lani later served as Associate Director for a Thai foundation before joining ICG as Business Development Manager. When not developing new partnerships for ICG or deepening its impact as a global fundraiser, she enjoys sport climbing, learning languages, talking to strangers, and managing her own small business consultancy.