HIPA’s Board represents a diversity of Hawaii’s most prominent leaders of business, labor, community and government. This collaboration provides oversight and guidance on HIPA’s development, public policy projects, and fundraising endeavors.
Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, Kamehameha Schools
Lauren Nahme is the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at Kamehameha Schools, the $10.2 billion educational trust. In that role, she is responsible for facilitating the planning, monitoring and reporting processes of the organization. She was formally the director of strategic planning and reporting and the controller for the organization and among other things, worked jointly with the Strategic Planning Division to synchronize organization-wide planning and budgeting activities. She has worked for other organizations including Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, City Bank, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and has been involved in numerous community service activities throughout her career.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hawaiian Electric Company
Alan Oshima is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Electric Company. He was formerly the Executive Vice President - Corporate and Community Advancement at Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., where he is focused on the company’s goal of being a recognized leader in improving the economic well-being of the state and benefitting its communities. He attended public schools in Honolulu, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. Between college and law school, he served as a Supply Corps officer in the US Navy for four years. He returned to Honolulu to practice law in 1976. Alan served as the lead Hawaii regulatory counsel to The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of Verizon Hawaii in 2005.
He left private practice to join Hawaiian Telcom as its Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In that role, he also became responsible for overseeing many of the administrative functions of the Company. In 2008, he became the Senior Advisor to Hawaiian Telcom and served on its Board of Directors until the company emerged from reorganization in late 2010. He was previously on the Board of Hawaiian Electric Company and has served the community on behalf of youth, public schools, early childhood development, public policy and economic development. He was the chair of the board of the YMCA of Honolulu, is currently the chair of its Emeritus Board, was one of the founders and is the current chair of Hawaii 3Rs, serves as a director of the non-partisan Hawaii public policy think tank, the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs, is a member of the advisory board of The Learning Coalition, and was the co-chair of the speakers’ bureau for the Hawaii’s Children First campaign to pass the constitutional amendment for the appointed school board.
Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, Bank of Hawaii
Mark Rossi joined Bank of Hawaii in February 2007. Mr. Rossi holds the positions of vice chairman, chief administrative officer and general counsel, and is a member of the bank’s Managing Committee.
Prior to joining Bank of Hawaii, Mr. Rossi was a partner at Lane Powell from 1996-2006, where he concentrated his practice on a broad array of banking issues. Lane Powell is a Seattle, Washington-based law firm comprised of over 200 attorneys, with six offices located in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and London, England. Mr. Rossi served as the firm’s managing partner and president from 2004-2006.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs
Jeanne Schultz Afuvai is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA) and has been with the organization since 2006. Prior to joining HIPA, she served in Governor John D. Waihee III’s cabinet as deputy director of the state Department of Transportation, where she was involved in infrastructure needs of Highways, Harbors and Airports. Among other things, she led the team that successfully lobbied Washington D.C. for more international flights between Japan and Hawaii and worked on the effort that is now known as “visa waiver.”
In business, she played a key role in the development of Kapolei as Oahu’s second city, having served as marketing manager at the James Campbell Estate. Earlier, she worked for the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii where she established the military affairs council, Alexander and Baldwin Agribusiness as senior vice president of marketing and Xerox Corporation as branch sales manager in San Francisco.
Jeanne has been honored with the “Citation for Exceptional Service in Support of National Defense” by the Association of the US Army. She earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
President, Hoakea Communications
Barbara J. Tanabe, former CEO of Hill & Knowlton Hawaii, is owner and partner of Hoakea Communications, a public affairs company in Hawaii. In 1999, she was also honored with the first Pioneer Award by the Hawaii chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Special Recognition Award by the national Asian American Journalists Association during its Unity Conference.
She is currently a director of Bank of Hawaii, past chair of the board of the Japan America Society of Hawaii, a member of the board of Pacific Forum (the Asia arm of the Center for Strategic and International Studies) and founding chair of the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs. Ms. Tanabe has been inducted into the University of Hawaii College of Business Administration Alumni Hall of Honor. She is one of the pioneer journalists featured in the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
President Emeritus, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
Jim Tollefson was named president and chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii in August 2001 and retired in 2013. He came to the position with a long history of involvement at the Chamber, having served as its chairman and a member of its Board of Directors, and is a member of the Chamber’s Executive Committee.
Before joining the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Tollefson was executive vice president at Bank of Hawaii. Prior to joining Bank of Hawaii in 1987, Tollefson worked in management capacities at First Interstate Bank, Sanwa Bank, and Trans World Airlines. Tollefson served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army in Korea.