Hawaii Governor-elect Josh Green announced the appointment of eight “strong women” to his administration on Tuesday evening. They include Chief of Staff Brooke Wilson, who had held the same position when he was Hawaii’s lieutenant governor.
“I am assembling a team that will help me drive an ambitious program for Hawaiʻi over the next four years,” Green said in a statement. “It’s a group of dedicated and skilled professionals with years of experience in their respective fields. Each brings with them a passion for making a difference and meeting the challenges facing Hawaiʻi.
Green has assembled a strong team of women to lead his office, according to a press release. His staff appointments include:
Leader: Over the past four years, Wilson has worked with the Green on the first state-planned Kauhale (small residential village) and the development of the “Housing is Health” model to address chronic homelessness. . Wilson has 20 years of professional experience in multiple industries including government, construction, non-profit organizations, technology and communications.
Senior Housing Officer – Nani Medeiros: She will join Green’s team in this position. Medeiros will lead the Governor’s initiatives on workforce and affordable housing, homelessness and social services policies. Medeiros is currently the executive director of HomeAid Hawaiʻi and developed Kama’okū, a Kauhale of 37 small houses to address homelessness. Previously, she spent six years in healthcare with the Hawaiʻi Primary Care Association, 13 years in the state legislature, and five years in the state executive branch.
Deputy chief of staff -Lori Abe: She most recently served as Vice President of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.
Director of Communications – Makana McClellan: She most recently served as Director of Business Development and Community Relations and Director of Marketing and Communications at Shriners Hospitals for Children. She was previously a Public Information Officer for Queen’s Health Systems.
Director of Constituent Services and Protocol – Feleaʻi Tau: She has worked for Dr. Green for the past 18 years as an office manager in his medical office and most recently as special assistant to the lieutenant governor.
protocol officer –Keala Patterson: She most recently served as Director of Public Affairs at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.
Administrative Services Officer – Krystle Cook: She recently served as Advancement Operations Officer at Punahou School.
Executive Assistant to the First Lady – Chari Carter: For the past nine years, Carter has served as an Administrative Services Officer in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
In addition to these six highly skilled members of the executive team, the new administration has also identified 15 additional staff for critical roles within the governor’s office. Together, this team will support the governor-elect in his day-to-day operations and priorities for the state. That’s about 46% of the operations team in just two weeks since the election.
As cabinet-level interviews continue this week, Dr. Green continues to encourage interested Hawaiian residents to apply to serve at all levels of government through the administration portal, GreenTransition2022.org, or the Hawaii State Hiring: jobs.hawaii. govt.
“I was so excited to see the incredible quality of candidates who have already applied to work in administration,” Dr. Green said. “It really gives me hope that a great future awaits our state.”
Applications are reviewed as they are received.
Governor-elect Green will be officially inaugurated on December 5, 2022 at noon.
The grand opening will take place at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. This event is open to the public and free.