After serving for a decade in the nonprofit sector, I am now an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the University of Florida's School of Natural Resources and Environment. My academic interests are in the human dimensions of global environmental change, and my current research is focused on 1) religious engagement on climate change and biodiversity conservation, and 2) fisheries management and adaptation on Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. Ordained and licensed in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, I also serve in various capacities with A Rocha, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Evangelicals for Social Action, and the Evangelical Immigration Table.
Born and raised in Singapore, my parents served with OMF and taught at Singapore Bible College. My mother is from Malaysia and my father comes from the United States. Our family moved to the U.S. when I was sixteen and, after graduating from high school in Massachusetts, I spent a year working (and fishing!) in South Florida to save money for college. I ended up attending Wheaton College (IL) and graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Environmental Biology.
Since then, I’ve been involved in activism, organizing, and advocacy across the United States. Much of this work has been focused on the connections between people and environmental problems and solutions - first through A Rocha USA, then with Renewal, and then at the Evangelical Environmental Network and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA). In 2010, I ran for U.S. Congress and later was appointed as an Environmental Commissioner for the Village of Glen Ellyn (IL) from 2013-2015. I also served as a Trustee and then Board Chair for the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies from 2010-2016. In addition to this work in the U.S., some of my most meaningful collaborations have been with partners in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, and the D.R. Congo. For over ten years, I have also served in youth ministry on the side, first at the Wheaton Chinese Alliance Church (IL) and most recently at the Gainesville Chinese Christian Church (FL).
InterVaristy Press (IVP) published my first book, Green Revolution, in 2009, and my second book, Doing Good Without Giving Up, in 2014. My third book, The Future of Our Faith: An Intergenerational Conversation on Critical Issues Facing the Church, was coauthored with Ron Sider and published by Brazos Press in 2016. I’ve also contributed chapters and articles for various publications and have been featured in media outlets ranging from Audubon and the Wheaton Magazine to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.