Aiko provides overall direction to the Just Solutions Collective. She joined the Collective in 2016 as the first director with specific objectives to bring into the Collective more organizations representing BIPOC and frontline communities, and build stronger alignment with greens and intermediary groups to center climate justice. Aiko has over 25 years of experience working on public policy campaigns around the US on poverty, inequality, women’s rights, consumer protection, and environmental protection/conservation, in addition to state and federal partisan campaigns. Before working with the Collective, she was on the faculty at the University of Washington teaching in their graduate program. In addition to her work with the Collective, Aiko provides strategic consulting to political campaigns, non-profits, government and foundations on public policy, program development and organizational capacity building. She lives in Vermont with her husband and teen-aged son and daughter.