Nate serves as the President of Junior Achievement of Hawaii, overseeing all operations for the state. Most recently, he served as Director of Sustainability Initiatives for Kupu, a nonprofit organization serving Hawaii's youth. There, he oversaw the organization's Sustainability Initiatives internship, the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Summer, HYCC Community, Kupu Culinary, Pacific Resiliency Fellowship, and the Hawaii Youth Sustainability Challenge programs which impacted more than 170 young adults annually.
Prior to Kupu, Nate served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Programs for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in 2015 and also held the position of President for the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Nate also has extensive private in the technology, food manufacturing, and facilities management industries.
Nate is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and is also a graduate of Waiakea High School on the island of Hawaii. He is also a member of the U.S.-Japan Council's Emerging Leaders Program.
Ann is our Program Director for Junior Achievement of Hawaii. She works and coordinates with educators and volunteers from our Hawaii schools, to provide JA Programs from grades K-12.
Ann has a background in Science and has recently worked as an Environmental Chemist for a few years. She also has worked at the YMCA and at Central Union Church for Preschool and Kindergarten, working with students and assisting teachers in the classroom.
Our JA Hawaii Program and Operations Manager for the island of Oahu works with our schools to provide programs to grades K-12. These programs focus on helping to prepare our youth with financial literacy and a sense of entrepreneurial spirit.
As District Manager, Alan manages daily operations of JA programs on Hawaii Island, primarily East Hawaii, by building relationships with educators, recruiting and training volunteers, and implementing all administrative procedures. He coordinates the execution of programs, increases public awareness for all programs, and assures program quality and expansion.
Prior to his current role, Alan volunteered for JA's elementary, intermediate and high school programs for over 14 years. Alan has over 40 years of experience in business management in the banking industry and is well connected in the Hilo community with current and past affiliations with the Waiakea Lions Club, Toastmasters International, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii, to name a few.
Junior Achievement Student
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
Junior Achievement Student
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."