Carmille Lim appointed executive director of Common Cause Hawaii

(Honolulu, HI) — Common Cause has named Carmille Lim as its new executive director for the Hawaii chapter. Lim brings a background in public policy, public relations, and philanthropy. She will begin her position with Common Cause Hawaii on Monday, January 7, 2013.

“Carmille is a dynamic young leader. We are delighted that she will be leading our efforts for more open, honest, accountable government,” said Barbara Polk, Common Cause Hawaii board member and hiring committee member.

Lim most recently worked as development and advocacy manager for the YWCA of O’ahu, where she directed and oversaw the fundraising operations for the association’s three branches. Her primary responsibility was to develop and execute fundraising events, campaigns, and manage grants. She also developed and implemented the YWCA of O’ahu’s new advocacy initiatives.

Currently, Lim serves as: board member for the League of Women Voters of Hawaii (LWVHI) as the Voter Services Chair and LWVHI’s coordinator for the “Democracy Under the Influence” discussion series; commissioner on the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women; and member of Hawaii People’s Fund’s grantmaking committee. She also volunteered as a youth mentor and civic engagement campaign leader for Kanu Hawaii. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In 2012, Carmille was recognized as one of Pacific Business News’ Forty under 40, and as an Outstanding Young Filipino by the Hawaii Filipino Junior Chamber.

Lim succeeds previous executive director Nikki Love, who stepped down from the position at the end of 2012.

Common Cause Hawaii is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to promote citizen participation in the political process and hold government accountable to the public interest. Common Cause Hawaii serves as a leading voice in the community on issues of money in politics, elections, government ethics, and transparency. For more information, visit