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Joy Barua is a multidisciplinary leader with diverse portfolio in non-profit, health, higher education and economic development sectors spanning two decades. Presently, as Senior Director of Government & Community Relations, and Community Benefit for Kaiser Permanente, he leads regional government affairs and serves as advocate on issues, policies and priorities. He also promotes community health via statewide charitable efforts, strategic external relations, community engagement and advocacy. He served in various non-profit executive roles including CEO, CFO and CMO. Concurrently, Joy serves as lecturer with Hawai'i Pacific University.

His education includes an MBA in management and MA in organizational change. He also completed executive programs at Harvard Law and Columbia University.

Recently, Joy was first from Hawai'i to be recognized nationally as “Top 100 under 50 Emerging Leaders” by Diversity MBA magazine. Locally, Hawaii Business magazine named him among “20 for the Next 20 – People to Watch” and Pacific Edge Magazine featured him as an emerging leader in healthcare. He received Healthcare Association of Hawaii’s “Advocacy Award” and the SBA’s “Small Business Advocate of the Year” award. Additionally, he was identified “40 Under 40 – Hawai'i’s Best & Brightest Young Businesspeople” and “CFO of the Year” nominee by Pacific Business News.

Joy is both an Omidyar Fellow and Pacific Century Fellow. His civic and professional engagements include over 30 initiatives and causes.


Micah Kane


Chief Executive Officer, Hawai'i Community Foundation

Micah A. Kane is the CEO and President of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) – the state’s largest and oldest Foundation that works with individuals, families, foundations, government agencies, and organizations to transform lives and improve our communities.

Prior to taking on the role in July of 2017 as the third CEO & President in HCF’s 100-year history, Micah served as its President and Chief Operating Officer. He was responsible for leading the executive team and day-to-day operations. He also served as an HCF Board of Governor for eight years before joining HCF.

His previous work experience includes being the Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, a 200,000-acre native Hawaiian land trust. Micah also served as Chairman and Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Republican Party and prior to that was the Government Affairs Liaison for the Building Industry Association of Hawai‘i. He is raised in Hawai‘i and is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, Menlo College, and received his MBA from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mnaoa.

Over the years, Kane has been recognized with various awards including the Koa Anvil, Award of Excellence, the Salvation Army Partners in the Community Service Award, the Hawaiian Leader of the Year Award from the Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, Ho‘oulu Leadership Award for Government, Menlo College Hall of Fame- Football Inductee, Environmental Council Award, Spirit of the Year Award from the Aloha United Way and the Housing Advocate of the Year Award from the Building Industry Association of Hawai‘i.

Micah currently serves as a Trustee for the Kamehameha Schools with oversight of an $11.3 billion asset portfolio and is a corporate Board of Director with the Hawaiian Electric Company.


Dana Kokubun Grant Writing Services

Dana Kokubun has over 25 years of fundraising and program management experience for community-based and national non-profit organizations in Hawai'i and California.   She has been an independent grant writer since 2003, and has successfully secured grants for human services, environmental protection, economic development, youth, and housing organizations in Hawai'i.


Suzanne Sato

 Suzanne Sato returned to Hawai'i in 2003 after 35 years on the east coast and has served for almost 12 years as Director of Foundation Relations at Punahou School.  She is also a proud Board member of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth.  Previously, she worked in performing arts philanthropy in New York City for more than sixteen years for the Rockefeller Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, and the Howard Gilman Foundation, and in performing arts management for Circle Repertory Company, Louis Falco Dance Company, BAM Theater Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her earliest professional experience was in college admissions and freshman counseling for Williams College and Harvard University.




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