Tina Eonemto Stege serves as Climate Envoy for the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Tina also serves as International Liaison for the Marshallese Educational Initiative (MEI), a non-profit in Springdale, AK that was created to blend scholarly research with practical outreach efforts to raise awareness of Marshallese issues on the international stage, while also making a real difference in the lives of individual Marshallese. Born on Saipan in the Northern Marianas Islands, raised on Kwajalein and Majuro atolls in the Marshall Islands, and educated in Honolulu, Hawaii for high school, Tina’s formative experiences are grounded in the islands of the Pacific. She has also lived and worked outside the Pacific, receiving her B.A. in Sociology from Princeton University in the United States in 1997 and a M.A. in Anthropology from the Université d’Aix-en-Provence in France in 2006.
She worked for the RMI Government at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Majuro and at the R.M.I. Embassy in Washington, D.C. for many years before transitioning to focus on community-based projects related to climate change, the impacts of nuclear testing in the Pacific, migration, sustainable development, education and heritage. Tina has worked on projects for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the RMI Government, the Asian Development Bank, Greenpeace, and the American Museum of Natural History. In all her work, Tina aims to support and strengthen island communities by promoting informed and sustainable choices in all areas and by all members of the community.