After serving for ten years in the nonprofit sector, I am now in full-time graduate studies at the University of Florida's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and am also a FLAS Fellow with the Center for African Studies. My focus is on Tropical Conservation and Development, and my research is on the human dimensions of fisheries management on Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. Currently, I also serve in various capacities with Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Evangelicals for Social Action, and the Evangelical Immigration Table. I'm ordained and licensed in the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Born and raised an OMF missionary kid, my parents taught at Singapore Bible College while my brother and I studied in the local school system. My father comes from the United States and my mother comes from Malaysia. During the holidays, we often visited family in my mother’s hometown of Melaka, where we enjoyed lots of great food and fun adventures.
My family moved to the United States when I was sixteen and, after graduating from high school in Massachusetts, I spent a year in South Florida living with my grandmother and working at Chick-fil-A to save money for college. In 2003 I enrolled at Wheaton College in Illinois. Four valuable years and a lot of tuition money later, I graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Biology.
Since 2007, 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). I ran for U.S. Congress in 2010, and 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.
InterVaristy Press (IVP) published my first book, Green Revolution, in 2009, and my second book, Doing Good Without Giving Up, in 2014. My latest 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 Relevant Magazine to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.