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Rebecca Choi

Rebecca Choi has a background in financial investments, entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. She is a strategy consultant and a social entrepreneur who contributes to Keiki Heroes, Vibrant Hawai‘i, NexTech STEM Programs and other community projects. Rebecca is a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer and cares deeply about holistic health and wellness of our community. She enjoys reading, feeding people, and having dance parties with her ‘ohana. Focus Areas: I can offer help with strategy, business planning, financial modeling, budgeting, market analysis, and making connections to potential partners and experts. I tend to ask a lot of questions and may challenge your assumptions. I'm a generalist who knows a little about a lot of things, so I may view things from multiple perspectives and love brainstorming about various scenarios.

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Scott Cooney

Serial eco-entrepreneur and founder of Pono Home, Pono Home Essentials, HomeEfficiency.com, and CleanTechnica; author of two books; former sustainability consultant with clients including Johnson & Johnson, Eastman Chemical, Wal-Mart, and Duke Energy; former Adjunct teaching the first course in sustainable business in the MBA program at UH Manoa; lover of local, healthy food and especially vegan nachos. Pono Home Our mission is to make sustainable living accessible, easy, affordable, and convenient for all. Our vision is to spread the ideal of “Living Pono”: treating others and the environment with respect. We envision sustainability champions around the globe helping their communities become resilient, self-reliant, and sustainable, one business, home, and family at a time. We see a Pono Home as a healthier, greener, and more comfortable place to live that is good for you, your neighbors, and the planet. Learn More. Focus Areas: I love creativity, and solutions that can help us solve pressing problems for Hawaii and beyond.

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Brent Kakesako

Brent feels humbled to co-learn alongside communities across Hawai'i and beyond and blessed with an awesome team he supports as best he can. He is driven by his family upbringing, the connection he feels to this place, and his initial eye opening community engagement experiences. Brent also dabbled in supporting the startup ecosystem, founded a small consulting business, coaches wrestling, and wipes out a lot at Kewalo's. He received his J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law, an M.B.A. from the Shidler College of Business, and his Bachelors from Harvard University focused on the study of teams. Hawaiʻi Alliance for Community Based Economic Development HACBED is a nonprofit intermediary that works to build the capacity of families and communities so that they have choice and control to push at social, economic, and environmental justice.. Learn More.  Focus Areas: I hope to contribute perspective that comes from communities grounded in this place -- and humbled to listen and learn from these social impact entrepreneurs!

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Jeff Mikulina

Jeff Mikulina is the former executive director of the Blue Planet Foundation (through Oct. 15), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate our transition to a just and sustainable energy future. Through collaboration and advocacy, Blue Planet champions scalable policies and programs to solve our climate crisis. Among other accomplishments, the organization led the successful public campaign to make Hawaii the first state in the nation with a 100% renewable energy mandate. After starting his career as the Sierra Club’s youngest state chapter director, Mikulina has served at the helm of sustainability advocacy organizations for nearly 23 years. His particular interests include shifting social norms, disruptive technology, and public policy. Jeff received a Master’s of Science degree in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a specialty in decision theory.  Focus Areas: I'm excited to offer help in any way I can. I have the most fun exploring new ideas and brainstorming solutions. I have a couple of decades of experience in organizational leadership and management, advocacy, communications, strategy, and policy and politics. And of course clean energy and sustainability. I have a deep interest in systems change, social norms, history, technology, and behavioral sciences. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, biking, woodworking, and playing music.

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Matt Miller

An Oahu-based technology services executive with a history of implementing innovative business strategies with a focus on a variety of digital solutions including mobile, online, fraud, marketing and CRM as well as leading product management teams, vendor engagement and business development initiatives. Matt also helped us create this program and he is a wonderful mentor. He’s passionate about place based startups and sits on the board of Hawaii Public Radio and Lanikila Pacific.

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Scott Nishimoto

Scott is a father, husband, and bedtime storyteller living in Kaimuki. He's also the Executive Director for Ceeds of Peace, a local non-profit devoted to raising peacebuilding leaders. In this role, he leads an organization that creates and facilitates platforms and opportunities for educators, parents, general community members, and youth to learn about peacebuilding, then launch peace action plans.  Prior to this role with Ceeds of Peace, Scott served as the Vice President of Workforce Development at Abilities Unlimited, a local nonprofit devoted to building inclusive communities that empower individuals with disabilities.  As the daddy to his daughter, Elle (+ a baby on the way!), he has a deep personal responsibility pushing him to bring his community and the world closer to this goal of peace, as distant as it may sometimes seem. CEEDS of Peace: Our mission is to raise peacebuilding leaders. We do so by creating community platforms and opportunities for adults and youth, educators, family members, service providers, those in the justice system, business leaders, the faith community, and non-profit professionals to work together in our collective pursuit to build sustainable, just, peaceful communities. We share and model tools, activities, and best practices to develop leadership skills which we refer to as the “Ceeds” — hence our name, Ceeds of Peace.  Learn More.  Focus Areas: Iʻm happy to offer help as a connector, which I feel is my greatest strength.  My strength is the strength of my network.  Iʻm also happy to offer help in nonprofit management and building movements for good.  If weʻre thinking about the triple bottom line, Iʻm not sure how useful I can be in helping an entrepreneur with profits, but I believe I can be useful in thinking about people and the planet, which I truly believe can lead to profits.

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Kapā Oliveira

Katrina-Ann R. Kapāʻanaokalāokeola Oliveira is the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is a Co-Active trained Executive Coach. Her current research interests include: Hawaiian language revitalization; early childhood literacy; Kanaka methodologies; cultural geography; and place-based experiential learning curriculum development.

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David Oyadomari

David Oyadomari is Executive Vice President of Customer Experience & Operations. In his role, he is responsible for improving the bank's operational efficiency while ensuring an excellent customer experience.  David has more than 12 years of diverse experience in banking. His work includes working on ATMs, digital banking solutions, new product development, and retail and consumer lending. He previously served as founder and managing director of Ekklesia Capital, an innovation and strategy firm focused on developing small businesses. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy from Claremont McKenna College and a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as a strategic advisory board member of FTV Capital, founding leadership team member of Kakaako Christian Fellowship and President of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association – Hawaii Chapter. He is a member of the Omidyar Fellows, Cohort IV. Focus Areas: Hawaii is a very special place in need of new ideas to make it better for current and future generations which is why working with social entrepreneurs with a passion to do exactly that is meaningful time spent!  When people often ask, “What are your hobbies?” or “What do you do for fun outside of work?” I respond that “I help business owners and entrepreneurs start and grow their business!”  You’ll find me helping to develop new product, business or raising capital.

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Jill Tokuda

A Castle High School graduate, Tokuda is the current Executive Director for the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. She served in the State Senate for 12 years (2006-2018), representing parts of windward Oʻahu, including Kaneʻohe and Kailua. She chaired the powerful Ways and Means Committee, balancing the state’s $14 billion budget and negotiating and determining approval for all fiscal measures pending before the Legislature. She also chaired the Senate Labor, Education, Higher Education, and Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs committees and served as majority whip.Tokuda’s private sector experience includes running her own consulting business assisting nonprofits and organizations, previously serving as development director for the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaiʻi and having advised former Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono as her executive aide.

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Ben Treviño

Brigade Program Director for Code For America. Ben Treviño is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and technologist, and is a committed advocate for the public sector and civic engagement. Previously, Treviño has served as the President and CEO for the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA) as well as the Sustainability Planner with Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) where he developed a community-driven sustainability program as one of Code for America’s first Community Fellows in 2018. Treviño was the founding President and Chief Operating Officer of Bikeshare Hawaii, which launched the Biki bikeshare system in Honolulu in 2017. Prior to that, Treviño was with the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) where he was the architect of the UHERO Dashboard Project, a community data visualization portal for Hawaii data. Additionally, he was a co-founder of Interisland Terminal, a Honolulu-based, non-profit organization with projects including community spaces, the Kaka‘ako Agora, and R&D Bookstore and Cafe. Treviño also has held previous positions with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival, and Google. Treviño earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Shidler School of Business at University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a member of the inaugural class of Obama Leaders Asia-Pacific, the 6th Cohort of Omidyar Fellows, and was recognized as a member of the Pacific Business News Forty under 40 Class of 2016. Treviño serves as the co-chair for the National Advisory Council with Code for America as well as on serving on the boards of The Entrepreneur’s Foundation, The SEEQS (The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability) Foundation, the organizing committee for the Code for Hawaii brigade, and the advisory boards of Common Cause Hawaii, and Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaiʻi. He has been commuting by bike in Hawaii for fourteen years and is committed to deepening his understanding of and drawing attention to indigenous knowledge systems as solutions to Hawaii’s most difficult challenges. Focus Areas: I am excited to offer help on working with government and volunteers, on organizing, emergent strategy, and storytelling! What to know about me: Iʻm your biggest fan!

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Mark Watkins

Mark is the founder of Bookship, a social reading app, where people build better relationships through books. He's a multi-exit entrepreneur, including Endeca (Search & Business Intelligence acquired by Oracle for $1.1B); goby (a personalized recommendation engine for finding fun things to do), acquired by Telenav; and CDRS (a 3D modeling system) acquired by Parametric Technology Corporation. He is passionate about books & literacy, tennis, and is an aspiring outrigger canoe paddler. Bookship: Bookship is a social reading app that lets you share your reading experiences. Whether itʻs reading a great novel with your best friend across the country, a business book with your co-workers, or participating in a neighborhood book club, Bookshop enriches your reading experience and your relationships. Learn More.