Meet the Staff
Marjorie Ziegler, Executive Director
Aloha mai. I was hired as CCH’s first full-time staff person in 2003, and I have loved almost every hectic minute! My parents instilled in me a love of nature and animals. My mother spent part of her youth on a farm outside of Kyoto during World War II and loves farm animals, pets, and wildlife. My father was a gifted vertebrate zoologist and dedicated environmental activist, so I grew up with a number of domestic and unusual semi-wild pets, and a healthy attitude about standing up for wildlife.
I was raised on the Windward side in Kāne‘ohe, and attended Kapunahala Elementary, King Intermediate, Castle High, and Windward Community College. I now live in ‘Āhuimanu not far from my family’s home. After working as an archaeological assistant at Kualoa Regional Park and a Recreation Assistant at Kailua District Park for many years, I returned to school, knowing that I wanted to help protect threatened and endangered Hawaiian species, and earned a BA in Geography with Highest Honors from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
I spent 14 years as a resource analyst with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earthjustice) Mid-Pacific Office, working with attorneys Michael Sherwood, Arnold Lum, Denise Antolini, Paul Achitoff, and David Henkin on successful legal campaigns under the Endangered Species Act, NEPA, and State Water Code – what a great experience and learning opportunity! I then served briefly as a consultant for the State of Hawai‘i and a year working with KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance to raise public awareness and support for the ceded land reserves in the State Natural Area Reserves System. I have had the pleasure to serve with and learn from so many dedicated and gifted people on the boards of citizen organizations, commissions, task forces, and working groups.
Protecting rare and endangered Hawaiian species is definitely my passion, and I appreciate every minute at CCH speaking out for those who have no voice at the table: Hawai‘i’s native plants and animals. In my downtime, I enjoy working in my yard, playing with my pets, reading, and traveling to just about anywhere on the U.S. mainland. This is such a beautiful country!