Cohort member and Pacific Biodiesel Director of Agriculture Operations James Twigg-Smith

Pacific Biodiesel’s James Twigg-Smith was selected earlier this year as one of 37 young leaders in The Pacific Century Fellows Program’s 18th cohort.

Twigg-Smith, who has been with Pacific Biodiesel since 2012, is the company’s Director of Agriculture Operations, overseeing activity throughout the state. “I look forward to connecting with fellow members, policymakers and community leaders to share our circular economy model in an open exchange of ideas as we strive for a more diversified, sustainable agriculture system in Hawaii,” he said.

As reported in Pacific Business News, the program, founded in 1996 by then-Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, is modeled after the White House Fellows program, which encourages and enhances civic participation by bringing leaders together to learn about the issues and challenges within the local community.

“The overarching goal is to nurture relationships among individuals who are committed to exploring creative and constructive solutions to far-reaching challenges, positively influencing the quality of life in Hawaii,” Hannemann said.