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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Dr. Sylvia M. Hussey

Ka Pouhana
Chief Executive Officer

Photo: Sylvia Hussey

Sylvia Hussey, Ed.D is OHA’s Chief Executive Officer (Ka Pouhana). 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.