ABOUT

MISSION

The mission of the Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i (ALFH) is to provide leadership development opportunities for people committed to strengthening Hawai‘i’s agriculture.

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HISTORY

ALFH was founded in 1982 in response to the major shift away from plantation agriculture in Hawai‘i. This shift critically affected nearly every sector and in particular the small agribusinesses which formed the emerging foundation of the industry. Through the foresight of several key leaders in the agricultural industry, ALFH, the only leadership organization in the state focused on agriculture, was created. These leaders, led by Monty Richards, Yoshi Watanabe, Dr. Tadashi Higaki, Slim Takayama and Jane Yamashiro acted on their vision of building a cadre of leaders to help support business people and their businesses during the important transition from plantation to diversified agriculture.

With initial support from the Kellogg Foundation and the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo the ALFH was able to launch the Agricultural Leadership Program (ALP) in 1982. Now, almost forty years later ALFH continues to provide leadership development and networking opportunities for Hawai‘i’s agricultural professionals and the next generation.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF

The ALFH Board of Directors is deeply committed to the programs of the Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i. Board terms are four years long and there is a rotation and succession plan in place to ensure effective and prepared leadership. Every board member serves on one or more standing or ad-hoc committees. Board policy requires financial contribution from 100% of the board.

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Joey Char
President

Board-DianeLey

Diane Ley
Vice President

Board-JesseCooke

Jesse Cooke
Treasurer

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Sydney Keli‘ipuleole
Secretary

Board-TaylorKellerman

Taylor Kellerman
Past President

Board-DonnaChing

Donna Ching, Ph.D.
Director

Board-MichelleGalimba

Michelle Galimba, Ph.D.
Director

Board-DavidKaapu

David Kaapu
Director

Board-JerryOrnellas

Jerry Ornellas
Director

Board-MarkStoutemyer

Mark Stoutemyer
Director

Board-JacobTavares

Jacob Tavares
Director

Board-PomaiWeigert

Pomai Weigert
Director

Board-MattSmith

Matt Smith
Advisor

Staff-ChristineBrammer

Christine Brammer
Executive & Program Director

Staff-SarahVoigt

Sarah Voigt
Program Assistant

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Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i
P. O. Box 342066
Kailua, HI 96734