Disclosure: The Omidyar Fellows is a group supported by Pierre Omidyar, who is, of course, Civil Beat’s founder and publisher.
The program, based on the White House Fellows program, “seeks to cultivate a community of emerging executives who will collectively bring positive change to the state of Hawaii,” according to a forum press release.The inaugural class of the Omidyar Fellows program continues through November 2013.
From the press release:
This year’s Omidyar Fellows are:
Ben Ancheta, Honolulu Ben Ancheta is the strategic accounts officer at ProService Hawai ʻi. As a member of the senior management team, he focuses on client relationship management, new client implementation, and business development. Ben returned to Hawaiʻi in 2007 to join ProService after 17 years on the mainland, where he held management positions at high-growth organizations and consulted with Fortune 1000 companies. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Ben received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Carleton College and a master’s in business administration from The Anderson School at UCLA.
Joy Barua, Honolulu
Joy Barua is the director of community benefit and health policy for Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi. He promotes Kaiser’s social mission through community investments and advocacy. Joy was previously the executive director, director of finance, and director of planning, development and communications at Honolulu Community Action Program. He holds two master’s degrees: one in business administration and a second in organizational change. He is an avid and active volunteer in many social causes.
Maxine Burkett, Honolulu …
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