Board & Advisors

HIPA’s Board and Advisors represent 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.

Pete K.G. Thompson

Director—Wealth Management Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Chair, Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA)

Pete K.G. Thompson is director – wealth management financial advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He also sits on the board of the Native Hawaiian Development Corporation and is a former board member of the Hawaii Alliance of Non-Profit Organizations. Mr. Thompson was raised in Kalihi and is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii.

Robbie Alm

President, Collaborative Leaders Network

Robbie Alm is the President of the Collaborative Leaders Network (CLN), an Omidyar Family Enterprise initiative designed to encourage more productive community dialog and decision-making.

Robbie Alm retired as executive vice president for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. in 2013. He is active in the community, and is chair of PBS Hawaii and of Enterprise Honolulu; and serves on the boards for Helping Hands Hawaii, Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs, Bishop Museum, and The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace, among others.

Mr. Alm teaches a graduate course on leadership in the Public Administration program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Prior to joining Hawaiian Electric, he was an executive vice president at First Hawaiian Bank and Director of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and worked for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

Guy K. Fujimura

Local Secretary-Treasurer, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)

Guy K. Fujimura has served as a voice for working families in our community since joining the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 142 in 1974, when he began working at Love’s Bakery.

The ILWU’s local secretary-treasurer for over 26 years, Mr. Fujimura heads the 20,000-member union’s political action program, chairs the Hotel Industry ILWU Pension Plan, co-chairs the ILWU (Hawaii) Employers General Pension Plan, and serves as a trustee on two ILWU Health and Welfare Trust Funds.

Mr. Fujimura currently serves on the board of directors for PBS Hawaii, the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, and the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs.

Lauren Nahme

Director of Strategic Planning and Reporting, Kamehameha Schools

Lauren Nahme is the director of strategic planning and reporting at Kamehameha Schools. In that role, she is responsible for facilitating the planning, monitoring and reporting processes of the organization. She was formally 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.

Alan M. Oshima

Executive Vice President for Corporate and Community Advancement, Hawaiian Electric Industries

Alan Oshima is 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 Hawai`i 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.

Mark A. Rossi

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.

Barbara J. Tanabe

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.

James C. Tollefson

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.

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