Climate Resolve Staff Interview: Kristina von Hoffmann

Posted by on June 6, 2016

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Get to know Kristina von Hoffmann, Climate Resolve’s Outreach Director.

Describe your work in one sentence.
At Climate Resolve, my job is to produce events that are informative, relevant, and fun, while leading efforts to unite diverse sectors across a climate platform for the Path to Positive Los Angeles campaign.

What inspired you on your career path?
My mother left her job in the entertainment industry when I was born to work for an oceans conservation nonprofit. I grew up understanding the importance of paying it forward. Since then, I have more or less adopted the seventh generation principle as my guiding credo — that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future.

What are the key external factors that drive your work?
As a native Angeleno, I have grown to love my local farmers’ markets and exploring the outdoors. I’m also a science nerd, though an extroverted one who loves to connect with people. Climate Resolve’s broad scope of work gives me the unique opportunity to promote practical solutions that safeguard the incredible communities and wealth of resources that have inspired me throughout my life in LA.

What have you added to your field/workplace? Brag a little: what’s your value-add?
A mean breakfast burrito. If we have to talk about soft skills, then I would say ‘a healthy balance of left and right brain’ capacity. I’m pretty content studying research and metrics as much as I am organizing and promoting positive messaging with our stakeholders. In the field of climate science, it helps to be able to speak different languages… so to speak.

What are the barriers you face in work — and what could make your job easier?
Speaking different languages! Seriously. I decided to study French when I was in elementary school, but sometimes I wish that I had heeded my father’s advice to study Spanish (I’m learning now). Additionally, I would love to speak Korean, Tagalog, Hebrew, Mandarin, Farsi, and Japanese — the list goes on. Language opens doors. Having the ability to learn directly from the multiple generations of multilingual people in this city seems like the fastest way to meet their needs for climate resilience. However, English has given me a pretty decent platform so far.

A genie grants you two wishes to help fight climate change. What do you ask for? (And what would you do with the third wish?)
An equitable and efficient public transportation network — that takes me from my doorstep to my work-step! Subsidized backyard and neighborhood gardens and education for all. A third wish: Switch brains with Elon Musk for 24 hours.

Name two things you like most about LA, and what would you change?
I’m a huge fan of the exceptionally talented people offering their best in music, food, and other creative pursuits, and the equally remarkable and diverse landscapes. On the other hand, the vastness of LA can be daunting. (Though I expect that transportation network I mentioned earlier will help bring it all together…).