Jeanne Unemori Skog

Chair, Director EDAH Board
Member, Jeanne Unemori Skog, LLC

In 1999 Jeanne Skog became the fourth President and Chief Executive Officer for Maui Economic Development Board. On staff since 1984, Jeanne has helped Maui County attract the infrastructure and investment necessary in research and development and has facilitated the growth and diversification of the energy, environmental and innovation sectors. Through its workforce development programs that now have statewide reach, MEDB created numerous programs that advance STEM education to support the emerging needs of the innovation sectors. Jeanne continues to market Hawaii as a destination site for the science, technology and energy industries. Under her leadership, MEDB has extensive experience in convening the community for the purpose of community-based planning, including the 2003 Focus Maui Nui visioning process and the recent conference on “Electric Utilities: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be.”

Pono Shim

Vice Chair, Director, EDAH Board
President & CEO, Oahu Economic Development Board

Pono serves as Chairman of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority Board of Directors and is 1 of 5 Living Organ Donors appointed to the Organ Procurement Transplant Network/United Network for Organ Sharing: Living Donor Committee where he works on national policies affecting Living Organ Donors. Other boards of directorships or tasks force include the Friends of Iolani Palace, Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii, Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Advisory Board, Hawaii Green Growth Executive Committee, and he is the manager for the Community Development Entity, Punawai O Puuhonua. He was also on the Selection Committee for the appointment of the Federal Magistrate Judge for 2015.

In 2012, Pono successfully led the efforts of Punawai O Puuhonua’s New Market Tax Credit Application and was awarded a $40 Million allocation for Economic Development in Low Income Communities for Hawaii. In 2016, his team was awarded another allocation of $55 Million.

In 2009 he was asked to take over the Leadership of Enterprise Honolulu. At the time the organization was in serious financial and public sentiment distress. Today the organization is considered one of the most influential leadership hubs in the state. He considers his exposure to Hawaii leadership philosophies as a child to be the backbone to his ideas, actions, and words. He and Dawn have been married for 29 years and their daughter Chantele, 28, works in China for the Abercrombie and Fitch Corporation. He loves cooking, eating, and physical training which include weekly jogging, sprinting, kettle bell workouts, and hiking the Koko Head trail. In 2013 Pono donated a kidney to a friend.

Danford Oshima

Treasurer, Director, EDAH Board
Senior Vice President of Corporate Banking, American Savings Bank

Danford Oshima joined American Savings Bank in 2003 and previously was a Vice President at City Bank as well as First Hawaiian Bank where he spent most of his career (1982-2000) and his last role was VP, Corporate Banking Officer. Danford is a graduate of Damien Memorial High School, Loyola Marymount University, and Pacific Coast Banking School. Dan currently serves as a Trustee for The Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation and as Director of The Salvation Army – Hawaii Region.  Dan also previously served on the board of the Arthritis Foundation and the Construction Financial Management Association.

Jacqui Hoover

Secretary, Director, EDAH Board
Executive Director, Hawaii Island Economic Development Board

Jacqui Hoover is President of Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference (HLPC) joining in 2005 and since 2008, concurrently as Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer of Hawaii Island Economic Development Board (HIEDB). Prior to joining HLPC, Jacqui served at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority in several positions and was the Acting Executive Director. While at NELHA, Jacqui’s roles included serving as the Gateway Project and Construction Manager during where she oversaw the Hawaii Gateway Energy Project from conception through securing federal funds, planning, engineering, construction to the official dedication and opening in October 2004. Previously, Jacqui’s experience includes serving as Project Manager, Project Engineer, Marketing Director and Data & Systems Analyst for various Federal, State and Private Sector entities ranging from Department of Defense, NOAA, Union Carbide, Waikoloa Land Company, Hyatt Resorts, Hawaiian Dredging & Construction, and others. Born and raised on Hawaii Island, studied concurrently at St Joseph High and UH Hilo for high school before receiving bachelor’s and master’s education from St. Mary’s College of California; University of California, Berkeley; and Hebrew University, Jerusalem. As a published author, Jacqui works include being a contributor to Energy for Keeps: Electricity from Renewable Energy and author of Future Watch: Ocean Mining for Manganese Nodules; and Bubble Nucleation and Decompression Sickness.

Gary Kai

Director, EDAH Board
Executive Director, Hawaii Business Roundtable

Gary Kai has been the Executive Director of the Hawaii Business Roundtable since July, 2009. He has an extensive background in the financial services industry with over 30 years of experience. Gary was a Senior Vice President and General Manager with HomeStreet Bank Hawaii. He was formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Finance Factors, Ltd., and served as Senior Vice President of First Hawaiian Bank in Honolulu. Gary holds an M.B.A. in Business Administration from Harvard University and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Hawaii. He is a Certified Mortgage Banker and has the distinction of being the first person in the state of Hawaii to receive the designation. He currently serves on the Boards of the Hawaii Home Ownership Center, Move Oahu Forward, Joint Venture Education Forum, Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii, the Hawaii P-20 Council and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Military Affairs Council (MAC) Executive Committee. In 2011, Gary was appointed to the U. S. Department of Labor Advisory Committee on Veteran’s Employment, Training and Employer Outreach. He has served on a number of Boards including President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Hawaii, Chairman of the Diamond Theatre, President of the Hawaii DARE Board of Governors, President of Homeless Solutions, Chairman of the Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corporation, the Palama Settlement Board of Trustees and the Aha Punana Leo.

Mark McGuffie

Director, EDAH Board
Private Philanthropy Officer, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Currently, Mark McGuffie serves as Private Philanthropy Officer for International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). As the former Managing Director of Oahu Economic Development Board, he was responsible for promoting and assisting business development in Hawaii to support the initiatives of the organization, particularly in the areas of renewable energy, food security, agricultural development, education and workforce development. Mark organizes business conferences in Hawaii focused on improving the quality of life for the people of Hawaii, improving the natural environment and creating effective business models to complement emerging industries. He has nearly ten years of experience managing a variety of grants from federal, state and county agencies, as well as from private foundations. Prior to joining Enterprise Honolulu, Mark was the Executive Director of the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board. Since 2005 Mark has served on the board of the Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii; he also serves on the Boards of Friends of the Future; Hawaii Aerospace Advisory Committee; the Center for International Business Education and Research - University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business and is an Advisor to the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature - World Conservation Congress. In 2003, Mark founded an annual community leadership series called Ulumau that perpetuates the growth of community leaders on Hawaii Island. His former executive experience includes 35 years of luxury hotel and resort development and operations and was Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for Preferred Hotel Worldwide with 104 independent hotels and resorts in 52 countries - he attended Cornell University for Professional Development.

Marissa Sandblom

Director, EDAH Board

Born and raised on Kauai, Marissa is a graduate of Waimea High School and earned her B.S.B.A in Corporate Communications and Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) in 2000. The following year, Marissa received her M.B.A. in International Business from HPU. Marissa is a graduate of Leadership Kauai, a Pacific Century Fellow, and an Omidyar Fellow. Marissa currently serves on the Executive Board for Kauai Visitors Bureau and the Kauai Advisory Council for the American Red Cross - Hawaii Chapter. Marissa previously served as Board Chair for the Kauai Planning & Action Alliance, the State's Agribusiness Development Corporation, Kauai Economic Development Board and as the Vice Chair of PBS Hawaii.

Shawn Uehira

Director, EDAH Board

Leslie Wilkins

Director, EDAH Board
President & CEO, Maui Economic Development Board

Leslie Wilkins joined MEDB in 1999 to launch its Women in Technology program and in 2000 she was elected Vice President by MEDB’s Board of Directors. Leslie directs the Women in Technology (WIT) Project which has grown from a Maui pilot to a national demonstration project, funded in part by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education and Agriculture. The program serves a statewide constituency of more than 21,000 students, teachers, and industry members each year.

Sylvia Yuen, Ph.D.

Director, EDAH Board
Executive Director, Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii

Sylvia Yuen, RCUH’s Executive Director, formerly served as Special Assistant to the University of Hawaii President for food security and safety and as the Interim Dean and Director of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), the first woman to lead the college. She also served as the Director of the Center on the Family, CTAHR’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UH-Manoa’s Director of Equal Employment Opportunity, and UH’s Employee Relations Administrator. Sylvia’s graduate work was conducted at the University of Illinois and University of Hawaii, and she received additional training at the University of Chicago (gerontology), University of Michigan (research on Asian/Pacific Islanders), and Harvard University (management). Her publications have targeted both professional and community audiences, and she and her colleagues have won awards for their website, videotape, and other work. She has received more than $22 million in extramural grants and contracts. Sylvia is the recipient of both CTAHR and Maryknoll High School’s Outstanding Alumnus Award, three excellence in teaching awards, commendations from the Hawaii State Legislature for distinguished service to the state, the YWCA Community Leader award, and numerous other honors.

Michael Shibata 

Director, EDAH Board

Director of Real Estate, Lili‘uokalani Trust

Michael Shibata is the Director of Real Estate for the Lili‘uokalani Trust. Prior to joining the Trust, he worked for Stanford Carr Development overseeing the development and construction of projects, and PBR Hawaii where he focused on land planning, entitlements, and feasibility studies for projects throughout the State. He also sits on several Boards including the American Planning Association - Hawaii Chapter, Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference, Urban Land Institute - Hawaii District Council and Young Leaders Group, and the Halau Ku Mana New Century Charter School. Shibata, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Political Science, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In his spare time, he enjoys the beach, running, hiking, travel, and food.


David Schwartz 

Director, EDAH Board

Executive Director, Kauai Economic Development Board

David Schwartz is the Executive Director of the Kauai Economic Development Board. His business and legal career spans 29 years and includes work in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining KEDB, Mr. Schwartz served as Treasurer of the County of Kauai. Previous to that, he held positions as Senior Counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Mutual Fund Directors Forum and was an associate at the Washington, DC firm K&L Gates, where he specialized in risk management, corporate governance, and the regulation of financial services and products, including regulated investment companies. Mr. Schwartz earned his BBA at Texas Tech University and his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Texas School of Law. He is an attorney licensed to practice in Texas and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court. He is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Texas.


Kari Luna Nunokawa

Director, EDAH Board

Program Director, Maui Economic Development Board

Kari Luna Nunokawa joined the Executive Leadership team at Maui Economic Development Board in July 2019. Prior to MEDB, Kari was the President and Chief Professional Officer of Maui United Way. In the two years Kari was there, donations to the organization reached an all-time high and the grants given to partner organizations flourished. Kari’s roots are in the field of education where she has extensive experience in teaching, counseling, professional development, and administration. Kari was born and raised on the island of Maui where she graduated as a valedictorian from H.P. Baldwin High School. She went on to play Division 1 intercollegiate tennis at the University of Washington on a full-ride scholarship and achieved her B.A. in English and a minor in Classics and Ancient History. Kari furthered her education at Chaminade University with a Masters of Science in Psychology and completed her education with a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Southern California.