OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Executive Team

Seven executives currently make up the senior administrative leadership at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. OHA’s executive team provides the authority and credibility needed to guide the strategic direction of the organization. The team is led by a Chief Executive Officer, who is appointed by the Board of Trustees. But the CEO selects all of the other members of the executive team, which is anchored by the Chief Operating Officer. The five other members of OHA’s executive team report directly to the Chief Operating Officer. Together, OHA executives all work as a team to bring the right combination of skills and experience to implementing policies, performing various functions of the operation, and helping the organization achieve its goals.


 



Sylvia Hussey, Ed.D is the CEO (Ka Pouhana) for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. She was appointed to the CEO position on Dec. 1, 2019. Hussey brings more than 30 years of experience in education administration, policy development and implementation, finance, operations, and information technology. She served in leadership positions at various institutions throughout the state, most recently as the executive director of the Native Hawaiian Education Council, and previously was with Kamehameha Schools for more than a decade where she was the vice president of administration. Dr. Hussey is also a certified public accountant (not in public practice) and previously worked as a director at Candon Consulting Group, senior manager at KPMG Consulting and finance director at the Honolulu Board of Realtors. Hussey received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University, and has a master’s degree in Education Foundations and a doctorate of education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramona G. Hinck, CPA, is the CFO (Ka Pou Kihi Kanaloa Wai) and has been a certified public accountant with a permit to practice in the state of Hawaiʻi since 1988. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hawaiʻi and the University of Southern California, respectively. She has 35 years of financial leadership including public accounting experiences in Los Angeles, Century City and Honolulu; 17 years at Kamehameha Schools in the Controller and Financial Asset Divisions holding various positions including Assistant Controller, Accounting Manager, Investment Accountant and Operations Manager; and, for the past 13 years, Chief Financial Officer roles in software development/implementation, healthcare and food services industries. Her current areas of responsibilities at OHA include the Financial Services, Investments, Grants and the Native Hawaiian Revolving Fund. She found her home at OHA in October 2020.

 

Photo: Lisa Watkins-Victorino

Lisa Watkins-Victorino, Ph.D. is the Research Director (Ka Pou Kihi Kane) for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. She was appointed to her Research Director position in April 2012. Her responsibilities include collecting reliable data critical to the OHA’s ability to engage the Hawaiʻi Legislature and others in the organization’s work. Her staff conducts and shares research intended to guide decisions and ensure that OHA’s efforts are based on solid information. She came to OHA from the Department of Education, where she was an educational officer/evaluation assistant in the agency’s Systems Evaluation and Reporting Section. Before that, she was a junior specialist/program assistant with the University of Hawai‘i’s Social Welfare Evaluation and Research Unit. In addition, she was a lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i’s School of Social Work.


Photo: Nicole Mehanaokala Hind

Nicole Mehanaokalā Hind is the Community Engagement Director (Ka Pou Kihi Lono) for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. She was appointed in February 2016. Her responsibilities include building widespread public support for OHA’s efforts, improving public profile of Native Hawaiians and keeping key audiences involved and strongly attached to the organization’s priorities. She came to OHA in 2012 as the Knowledge Based Strategist Specialist and has contributed to executive leadership in a number of high-profile initiatives including, but not limited to, nation building, educational partnerships with charter schools and the University of Hawai‘i, Papahānaumokuākea cultural excursions, and advocacy at the United Nations. A graduate of Moanalua High School, Mehana attended Honolulu Community College before getting her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.


Photo: Lisa Victor

Lisa Victor is currently the Chief Technology Officer (Pou Nui ‘Enehana). She was the Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for about 3 years. She brings 25 years of Technology Development and Implementation from her previous duties as Director of Information Technology, Consulting, Application Programming and Network/Telephony engineering. She has a degree in Information Science, and with her team is responsible with directing how OHA engages with the community through the deliberate placement of technologies.
Kalani Fronda head shot R. Kalani Fronda, CCIM is the Land Director (Ka Pou Kihi Kanaloa ‘Āina). He was appointed in October 2020 and brings over 25 years of experience in real estate management and development, land planning and entitlements, and community engagement.  His responsibilities include the oversight, strategic direction, planning, development, and overall management and stewardship of OHA’s real estate portfolio.  A seasoned leader serving on governmental, regional, and industry boards, councils, & committees, Kalani comes to OHA after 22 years with Kamehameha Schools (Bishop Estate). A graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, Kalani majored in International Business and Business Administration at Whitworth University where he received his B.A.. He also holds a Certified Commercial Investment Member Designation which he received from the CCIM Institute.
   

 

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