2016-2017 Common Cause Hawaii Board of Directors as of:
May 19, 2017
(in alphabetical order; links connect to directors' Twitter feeds)
Rechung Fujihira, born and raised in Honolulu, is CEO and co-founder of BoxJelly, Hawaii’s first coworking space. He is responsible for setting the vision and direction of the organization. He holds a bachelors in international trade and finance from Chaminade University. When he’s not busy scheming new projects, he enjoys the company of friends, the ocean, reading and karaoke (he can’t sing very well but it comes from the heart!).
R. Elton Johnson III, Chair
Nikki Love Kingman, executive director emeritus, Secretary
Nikki Love Kingman helped to rebuild Common Cause Hawaii starting in 2007 and served as its executive director until 2012. She has worked for the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, Hawaii State Legislature, City & County of Honolulu, and Georgetown University’s Center for Democracy and Civil Society, and taught public policy and public administration at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Nikki has a bachelors degree in political science from Stanford University and a masters degree in public policy from Georgetown University.
Ian Lind is a well-known advocate for open and ethical government in Hawaii. He served as executive director of Common Cause Hawaii during the mid-1980s. Later he published an independent newsletter on money and politics in the islands, went on to become an award winning investigative reporter for a Honolulu daily newspaper, and has continued to win awards as an online columnist. He has written regularly about Hawaii politics, media, and more since 2000 at his blog, iLind.net.
Brodie Lockard (Leave of Absence)
Kathleen Luschek works at Hamilton Library at University Hawaii at Manoa, where she helps manages their institutional repository and digitizing programs, as well as implement their Open Access Policy. She has been involved with Code for Hawaii; has helped organize the Unconferenz, a local grassroots tech conference here in Honolulu; and is interested in open data and transparency in government. Prior to coming to Hawaii, Kathleen worked at the online open access journal PLOS, where she helped advocate for open access in science publishing. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Library and Information Science at UH Manoa and received her B.A. and M.A. in Literature from American University, in Washington, DC.
Larry Meacham, executive director emeritus
Barbara Polk, chair emeritus
Barbara Polk is retired from University of Hawaii, where she held several administrative positions including, for nine years, Provost of Leeward Community College. She earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D.in Social Psychology from University of Michigan. Since retiring, she was on the Board and Chair of Americans for Democratic Action, Hawaii, prior to joining the Board of Common Cause in 2009. She also serves as a volunteer mediator with Mediation Center of the Pacific. Currently she is especially interested in prison reform. In her spare time she enjoys international travel, playing in the University of Hawaii Gamelan Orchestra, international folk dancing, and auditing classes at UH Manoa.
Ben Trevino is an experienced entrepreneur and technologist. Currently the President and COO of Bikeshare Hawaii, was a 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. Prior to Bikeshare Hawaii, Trevino 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. He has held previous positions with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, the Hawaii International Film Festival and Google.