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.