Licensed in Hawai'i
Supporting Native Hawaiian stewardship over culturally significant ‘āina(land) and building resilient island economies in Hawai‘i
Reyna’s work as a community lawyer, organizer, and facilitator is guided by her ancestors, family, friends, and her kuleana to the home that raised her, Hawai‘i. She is the Aloha ‘Āina Project Manager at the Trust for Public Land’s Hawai‘i office where she protects and conserves culturally and historically significant land and supports Native Hawaiian land stewardship. In 2017 she co-founded Emergent Island Economies Collective, a consulting cooperative whose mission is to create new systems of exchange and relationships based on ancestral island values. EIEC stewards community-driven solutions that model the world we want to live in: creating sustainable and resilient island economies and growing community organizations and social enterprises that empower us to meet our collective needs.
At the Empire Justice Center she started the Wage Justice Project to empower workers to fight wage theft through organizing, popular education, impact litigation, and bottom-up policy reform. There she lead a coalition’s successful campaign to pass a "Ban the Box" ordinance and founded a worker center called P.O.W.E.R. As a Fair Housing Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i she settled impact housing discrimination cases resulting in statewide policy changes and training. She received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2011 where she was a Scholar for Justice and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.