Special Advisors (Ex-Officio)


Pono Shim
President and CEO
Oahu Economic Development Board

In 2012, Pono successfully led the efforts of Punawai O Puuhonua’s New Market Tax Credits Application and was awarded a $40 million allocation for Economic Development in Low Income Communities for Hawaii.  In 2016, his team was awarded an allocation of $55 million, and in 2018 an additional allocation of $40 million was awarded, bringing the total awarded amount to $135 million.

His knowledge and skills have been sought by every sector of Hawaii’s economy and he has served and continues to serve on various Boards in Hawaii including as the Secretary of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority Board of Directors.

He considers his exposure to Hawaii leadership philosophies as a child to be the backbone of his ideas, actions, and words.  Pono is a living kidney donor and was the closing speaker for the Earth Day Summit sponsored by Elemental Excelerator in April, 2018. Pono and Dawn have been married for 32 years and their daughter Chantele recently returned to Los Angeles from China where she worked for five years.