Maki Tazawa is an environmental professional and writer focused on making systems-led change that considers both human and environmental needs across the food, agriculture and conservation spaces. Maki is currently a Sector Manager at the CREO Syndicate covering natural-based impact investing solutions for climate and sustainability needs. Her writing has appeared on the Conservation Finance Network, Clean Energy Finance Forum, GreenBiz, and blogs.
She completed her Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her focus was on sustainable food systems, entrepreneurship, and finance and investment. Through her work with the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale and the Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, she led programs around corporate social responsibility, social innovation, and plant-based foods.
Having originally worked in wildlife conservation, she managed international sustainable development programs with the National Audubon Society. She holds an undergraduate degree from the George Washington University in International Affairs and Environmental Studies, where she was also part of the first graduating cohort of GWU’s sustainability minor.
She is currently based in Boulder, Colorado and originally grew up in Rhode Island. She enjoys running, diving and baking in her free time, and loves narwhals.