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Sixteen Hawai‘i Leaders Welcomed into Omidyar Fellows Program
August 3, 2020
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[HONOLULU, AUGUST 3, 2020—] The Hawai‘i Leadership Forum today announced the 16 local leaders who are joining the eighth cohort of its Omidyar Fellows program. The program seeks to cultivate the conditions in which Hawai‘i thrives by equipping leaders with the skills and cross-sector relationships necessary to collectively affect societal change.

Individuals were selected through a rigorous application process, based on their accomplishments, motivation, and ability to make positive change in Hawai‘i. Their courageous leadership continues to be demonstrated through their response to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing health and economic crisis.

“One thing that has become incredibly clear to all of us in the last six months is the importance and impact of thoughtful, credible, and intentional leadership,” said Bill Coy, director of Omidyar Fellows. “We see leadership as an activity, not a role, and we have appreciated all of those who have stepped forward to diagnose the real and deeper challenges, engage others, and intervene skillfully. Cohort VIII joins us at a juncture of critical demands and remarkable opportunity.”

This year’s cohort includes a diverse mix of representatives from the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors:

  • Tony Au (Kaimukī, O‘ahu), executive vice president – residential real estate division, First Hawaiian Bank
  • Danielle Bass (Mililani Town, O‘ahu), sustainability coordinator, State of Hawai‘i, Office of Planning
  • Jan Boivin (Wai‘alae Iki, O‘ahu), senior vice president & general counsel, Hawai‘i Pacific University
  • Daniel Chun (Ala Moana, O‘ahu), director of sales, community, & public relations – Hawai‘i, Alaska Airlines
  • Sheila-Anne Ebert (Lilipuna, O‘ahu), director of management & operations, Alexander & Baldwin
  • Marisa Hayase (Kailua, O‘ahu), program director – Hawai‘i, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • Jocelyn Howard (Momilani, O‘ahu), executive director, We Are Oceania\
  • Janice Ikeda (Pi‘ihonua, Hawai‘i Island), executive director, Vibrant Hawai‘i
  • Doug Johnstone (Kāhala, O‘ahu), president – Hawai‘i, The Howard Hughes Corporation
  • Ashley Lukens (Kaimukī, O‘ahu), executive director, Frost Family Foundation; principal consultant, Ashley Lukens Consulting
  • Darragh O’Carroll (Pālolo, O‘ahu), emergency physician, Kuakini Medical Center; writer & climate change advocate
  • Diane Paloma (Wailupe, O‘ahu), chief executive officer, King Lunalilo Trust and Lunalilo Home
  • Emily Porter (Kāhala, O‘ahu), chief operating officer, MacNaughton
  • Suzie Schulberg (Hawai‘i Kai, O‘ahu), president & chief executive officer, Arcadia Family of Companies
  • Gavin Thornton (Enchanted Lake, O‘ahu), executive director, Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
  • Wren Wescoatt (Mānoa, O‘ahu), principal, 7 Generation Consulting

To access professional biographies, click here.

Cohort VIII begins its 15-month curriculum in October 2020, which includes a full-day session each month; executive coaching; conversations with community, business, and government leaders; and more. At the end of the curriculum, Cohort VIII becomes fully engaged with the previous seven cohorts in the Forum of Fellows. This active network of 99 transformative, cross-sector leaders and change makers are committed to strengthening the well-being of Hawai‘i. In response to the pandemic, many Fellows are leading or involved in collaborative efforts to kōkua our community. To learn more about these efforts, please click here.

The Omidyar Fellows program launched in 2012 with an inaugural cohort of 13 Fellows. The addition of Cohort VIII marks the program crossing the 100-Fellow milestone with a total of 115 Fellows.

About Hawai‘i Leadership Forum & Omidyar Fellows

The Hawai‘i Leadership Forum (HLF) is dedicated to advancing leadership in and for Hawai‘i. A part of The Omidyar Group, HLF receives funding from the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

HLF’s cornerstone program, Omidyar Fellows, is a societal change program which seeks to cultivate the conditions in which Hawai‘i thrives. Omidyar Fellows believes that effective leadership is essential to the development of a community of engaged citizens. Leaders help make sense of our current reality, provide a vision for what is possible, build relationships, and address sticky, complex problems. The Omidyar Fellows program is dedicated to making positive movement on Hawai‘i’s most pressing issues. 

About The Omidyar Group

The Omidyar Group creates, funds, and fosters a diverse collection of organizations and initiatives. These independent teams have the freedom to pursue ideas they believe have potential to improve the lives of people and societies.

The Omidyar Group was founded by philanthropists and entrepreneurs Pierre and Pam Omidyar, who are guided by common beliefs that people are good and capable, and that societal improvement is accomplished through empowered individuals and adaptive, accountable institutions.

Working across sectors and geographies, the Omidyars have contributed more than $3 billion to causes ranging from economic advancement for the underserved, to human rights, to government accountability and press freedom initiatives. For more information, visit

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