From Sustainability to Surfing: Meet Jeremy Kamo


Jeremy Kamo is the Director of Operations at SecondMuse. He was a partner at Further By Design and worked with SecondMuse in various projects, including the LAUNCH program before the companies merged in late 2015. Jeremy’s work in renewable energy, education and healthcare projects have taken him around the globe, where he enjoys seeing different perspectives on the world’s biggest problems. Born and raised in Hawaii, Jeremy loves being outdoors and surfing, which is for the best, because he now calls the Bay Area home.

1) Your work in renewable energy, education and clean tech has taken you across the world from the U.S. to China and Ethiopia. What excites you about what you do?

The people we work with are the most inspiring part of the job. Everywhere our projects take me, I get to work with some of the most passionate and insightful people in their industry. For example, in Ethiopia, the leadership at the Ministry of Health are pushing hard to provide primary healthcare to their entire population. Getting to work on some of their most pressing challenges gives me a glimpse at a future healthcare system that could be more advanced than those of even developed countries, particularly in their strategy for how they manage data and their information systems.

Jeremy, Chad, Ethiopia

A selfie from Ethiopia. From left, Chad Badiyan of SecondMuse, Brook Tesfaye of the Ethiopia Ministry of Health and Jeremy Kamo. From Jeremy: “Brook Tesfaye was taking Chad and I out to his local lunch haunts. Can’t get enough tibbs and shiro!”

2) Energy and the environment has been a major area of focus for you. Tell us about your work in the oil & gas sector to reduce flaring and venting across their upstream and downstream operations.

I love spending time outside and energy solutions are the way I believe we can best protect the environment. Recently I’ve been working with large oil & gas producers to help reduce emissions resulting from flaring and venting. In particular in 2016, we began working with PEMEX, using innovation as a driver of organization and culture change. Working with these companies has also afforded me an opportunity to look at innovations in synthetic biology that could move the chemical industry to more sustainable production of traditionally petrochemical based products. It’s exciting to see stakeholders across the supply chain begin to recognize and embrace these opportunities.

3) For those of us who don’t get to surf in the ocean much, what do you love about it?

Growing up in Hawaii, I was spoiled to live, study and work so close to the ocean. While I love sliding down the face of waves, I really appreciate how surfing builds community at the beach. Whether BBQ-ing with friends and family or meeting new people in the surfing lineup and parking lot, it’s a great way to connect with really interesting people.

I also just got my open water diver certification for a scuba trip to the Great Barrier Reef. It was shocking to see my perspective flipped when I looked up for the first time and saw where the ocean ended and the world I used to live in begin. I have a sneaking suspicion I’ll be spending more time under the water than I ever have before — and I’m looking for sponsors to fund this new habit!

Davar Ardalan

About Davar Ardalan

Davar Ardalan is the Director of Storytelling and Engagement at SecondMuse. As a veteran journalist and former social media strategist at NPR News in Washington D.C., Ardalan lead dozens of real-time engagement campaigns to great impact. Most recently she was the Senior Producer and Social Media Strategist for NPR’s Identity and Culture Unit, traveling across the country producing live events and moderating Twitter chats on some of the most critical issues of the day including community and policing, voting rights, education, and immigration. She has cultivated thought leaders across platforms, generating millions of impressions across the globe via Twitter and an even more impressive level of response domestically. Ardalan has also worked as a Supervising Producer for Morning Edition where she helped shape the daily newsmagazine, and was responsible for decisions that required elaborate coordination such as broadcasts from Baghdad, Kabul and New Orleans. Through the years, her public radio productions have been recognized with two NABJ Awards and a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. She began her radio career as a reporter in 1991 at KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ardalan is the mother of four and lives outside Annapolis, Maryland. In May 2014, she was the recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.

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