Kimiko was born and raised in Huchiun/Oakland, and has always been captivated by the pull of the ocean. She left the Bay Area to attend UCSB, where she studied Environmental Science and Education, fell in love with teaching, learned to surf and spent as much time as possible playing in the sea. Following graduation she briefly lived in Barbados, working as a Divemaster and studying marine biology. For the past few years she has had the joy of living and working on Pimugna/Santa Catalina Island as an outdoor educator. Kimiko is now beginning her graduate studies focusing on equity and justice in environmental & outdoor education and is thrilled to have journeyed back to her beloved hometown as a member of the Brown Girl Surf family. She finds joy in sunrises, big bowls of noodles, being in water, dancing and getting crafty.
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Mira Manickam-Shirley is a Co-Founder of Brown Girl Surf and previous Executive Director. She is a long time environmental educator and artist in the San Francisco Bay area, former Youth Program Coordinator at NatureBridge, and a recipient of an Open Circle artist grant, and an Audobon Toyota TogetherGreen fellowship for her innovative work with youth in nature. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University and a Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry. She is the author of the book Just Enough, available through the University of Washington press.