Kari Hakker serves as the Intern Coordinator for the Green Communities project’s Energy Careers and Experience Program.
Kari started her working career in the food service industry, managing the family delicatessen in Wisconsin. After a flight to warm San Francisco in late October, she stripped herself of her arctic parka and wool scarf on the tarmac, and decided to stay in sunny California. There she continued working in the food service industry as a chef and later as a waitress. She served her way through college, and Kari graduated summa cum laude from Fresno Pacific University with a BA in Criminology and Restorative Justice. While acquiring her degree, Kari was passionate about working with the victims of crime and competently volunteered for Fresno’s Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP). Additionally, she volunteered in food distribution to disadvantaged families, counseled high school students concerning substantial careers and scholarships, and cooked meals for guests staying at a local hospitality home. Chasing her passion for learning, she returned to school pursuing a certificate in Business Management & Supervision. It was there that she heard of the opportunity to participate in an internship that served Pacific Gas & Electric in their energy efficiency department. She climbed on board with her cohorts, and while finishing up her stint with the internship she was proudly promoted to Program Coordinator for the program she served.
Today, Kari’s focus is on the Green Communities Program interns and their continued success with the Energy Career & Experience Program. She excels at scouting talent for the internship as well as providing guidance that promotes and encourages career advancement for the interns.
Additionally, as a cooking aficionado, Kari likes to utilize her cooking skills to provide homemade soups for her “Soups for Seniors” venture, delivering nutritious meals for elderly friends in her community. She also enjoys expanding on her leadership skills by volunteering for Girl Scouts of America, empowering young ladies to learn dependability, demonstrate honesty, and above all, have fun!