After earning her B.A. in Chemical Physics from Wellesley College, Hikari began her professional career doing economic consulting for Bates White in Washington D.C. While her interest in data and analytics never subsided, Hikari’s passion for socially-focused, impact-driven work led her to join NASA DEVELOP. She worked on land cover and water remote sensing to inform jaguar and coral reef habitat restoration efforts in Costa Rica. Hikari is excited to be back in Berkeley, where she grew up, to continue using geospatial techniques to understand human-climate interactions.