Kayla Palmer


Ms. Palmer joined PBR HAWAII in 2023 and graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with her master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelor of Science in Global Environmental Science. During her master’s degree, she focused on preparing a framework for transportation departments to operationalize social vulnerability indicators in climate adaptation decision making.

Prior to joining PBR HAWAII, Ms. Palmer was a Highways Climate Adaptation AmeriCorps Vista for the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation-Highways (HDOT) and Hawai‘i State Climate Commission. In this position, Ms. Palmer was able to provide data collection and project evaluation to HDOT-Highways & Google when developing a statewide climate and social vulnerability mapping tool to enhance project prioritization for underserved communities and vulnerable State highway facilities.

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