Kona is fascinated by the intersection of the built environment, communities, and the individual. His greatest interest is in designing transportation networks that work for everyone, but he spends a lot of time working toward advancing public education out of the industrial era model and into student-centered approaches.

Kona is currently in his junior year at the University of Washington, majoring in Community, Environment, and Planning. In his free time, he’s often found sampling a local coffee roaster, trying out a new bus route, or developing the Puget Sound Transit Operations Tracker, a powerful live view of eight local transit networks.

He’s also a founding member and leader of ASCEND, a Marysville, WA-based community group that’s envisioning this new education paradigm. Learn more about ASCEND.

Kona is a candidate for the Marysville School District Board of Directors. Learn more about his campaign here.

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