Andrew Takuya Garrett, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer

Andrew T. Garrett joined HIPA in April 2012 as project director of The Hawaii Healthcare Project, a public-private partnership between the Office of the Governor and Hawaii’s leading healthcare organizations to transform Hawaii’s healthcare system. He was promoted to Vice President in 2013, and was named Acting President and CEO in February 2014.

Andrew has experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he served as a vice president of Communications Pacific, where he led the company’s community building practice. Previously, he served as office manager and committee clerk for State Representative Kenneth T. Hiraki, chair of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee.

He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration. Active in the community, he was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to the corporate board of directors of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (the state’s safety-net hospital network), where he currently serves as vice chair of the Personnel and Compensation Committee. He also serves on the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii’s Public Health Fund committee, which donates approximately $150,000 a year to local nonprofits to support health-related programs.

Born and raised in Camp Zama, Japan (a U.S. Army base in Tokyo), Andrew is a proud product of Hawaii’s public school system, having graduated from Mililani High School. He currently resides in Manoa.

Jeanne Schultz Afuvai, Executive Vice President

Jeanne Schultz Afuvai is the Executive Vice President of Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA) and has been with the organization since 2007. 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.

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