Common Cause Hawaii Board of Directors as of January 2018
R. Elton Johnson III, Chair
Tony is a Honolulu attorney who has practiced at the law firm Schlack Ito, LLLC where he focused on civil litigation, and also worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of the Prosecuting Attorney. In addition to his work with Common Cause Hawaii, Tony is also a board member of the Litigation Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association.
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 is the founder of the Hawaii chapter of 350.org, the world’s largest organization dedicated to fighting climate change. He is passionate about campaign finance reform. He served as board member and Treasurer for Voter Owned Hawaii, and as Hawaii and Alaska Regional Coordinator for MoveOn.org during the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. Brodie is currently the Hawaii State Climate Lead for Organizing For Action. He has also volunteered with Move to Amend and Sierra Club, and done grassroots organizing for Public Citizen. Brodie earned a B.A.S. in English and Mathematical Sciences, and an M.A. in Computer-Based Education, both from Stanford University.
Larry Meacham, executive director emeritus
David Miyashiro is founding executive director of HawaiiKidsCAN, a local education advocacy non-profit organization that works with communities and people of all sectors to promote educational equity in Hawaii. His interest in policy and advocacy started with his experience as a DOE special education middle school teacher during Furlough Fridays. He has seen the power of community action during his professional experience with the U.S. Senate, political campaigns, and Teach For America-Hawaii. David also serves as an elected member of the Kailua Neighborhood Board.
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 working for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit, Trevino 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 HART, 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.