Pono Advocacy

Policy Consulting, Strategic Planning & Conflict Resolution
Inga Gibson, President & Policy Director

Has worked on public policy issues for nearly 20 years, specializing in human-animal and environmental conflict resolution. She has coordinated numerous campaigns and projects including directing political and grassroots organizing and community coalition building efforts. Her work has led to the passage of more than 30 state legislative measures, numerous regulatory changes and significant corporate reforms that have advanced animal protection and human-wildlife coexistence in Hawaii, the Pacific and Northwest US. 


Inga holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy & Administration from California State University Long Beach, a Bachelors Degree in Psychology-Ethology from the University of Hawaii and Graduate Certificates in Non-Profit Management, Mediation & Conflict Resolution, She is a member of the national and Hawaii Chapters of the Association for Conflict Resolution.


As the Policy Director of Pono Advocacy, Inga provides policy-legislative consulting for non-profit and governmental organizations, facilitates multi-stakeholder discussions on complex and often controversial issues, advises organizations and agencies on strategic media, public education and communications initiatives. 

Inga is wholly committed to supporting mission-driven organizations and agencies, advancing social justice initiatives and building more compassionate communities

Pono (PO-NO) v. Hawaiian: To be good; to be just; to do right


As the former Senior State Director for The Humane Society of the United States and the Pacific Islands Policy Coordinator for Humane Society International, Inga collaborated extensively with county, state and federal government agencies and policymakers. Recently she served as a Policy Consultant for West Hawaii Humane Society and For the Fishes; a Campaign Organizer, working with the Sierra Club and Pew Charitable Trusts in support of marine national monument and public lands protections, and is an advisor to Save People Save Wildlife. Her legislative achievements include the enactment of the nations strongest anti shark finning and wildlife trafficking laws. Prior to directing policy initiatives in Hawaii and the Pacific, Inga was a project manager and oversaw legislative efforts in Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Idaho.

Inga also works closely with media, coordinating public relations outreach on campaign and policy initiatives. She has had numerous letters and editorials published and participated in hundreds of media (print & radio) interviews.

Inga is a regular presenter at the University of Hawaii William S Richardson School of Law; Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and has provided training to hundreds of law enforcement personnel as a prior instructor with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Email: ponoadvocacy@gmail.com
Phone: 808.922.9910

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