Youth Leadership - Global Education - Community Engagement
We seek to foster a “LŌKAHI generation” of young leaders that are committed to bringing balance to society. Building off of their appreciation of cultural practices and values, we aim to empower the development of the skills and mindsets essential to pono interactions between man and nature; abilities intrinsic to thriving in and contributing to a more cooperative, prosperous, and harmonious world.
Board of Directors
Yoshi TSURUMI, Board Member
Yoshi has had over 20 years of academic and professional experiences in international education, youth leadership development, and business consulting. He earned his master’s degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Chinese from University of Oregon. He is a former program director of the United Nations’ CyberSchoolBus project, the first online extracurricular program launched by the UNDPA, and also a former MBA program director of Nagoya University of Commerce and Business. In practices he served as business consultant for Oracle Corporation and Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture). Father of two daughters.
Dr. Vince M. OKADA-COELHO, Board Member
Vince is an assistant professor at Hawaiʻi Pacific University School of Social Work. He completed his Ph.D. in social welfare from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He also holds a master’s degree in international public policy and management from the University of Southern California, a bachelor’s degree in commercial recreation and planning from Montclair State University in New Jersey, and a certificate in social change from Brown University and Institute for Humane Studies. Vince was a fellow of the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Leadership Program and an international program coordinator at the Paul S. Honda International Center of University of Hawaiʻi Kapiʻolani Community College. He has a german shepherd dog, Hermes.
Yukari TAKAI, Board Member
Originally from Gunma, Japan, Yukari earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and associates degree from Seattle Central Community College. For the past 15 years, she has been working in the Hawaii & Japan music markets as a PR/Marketing Manager. She has also served as a committee member for The Change Academy since 2016. During her free time, she enjoys travel, discovering quality coffees, cuisines and wine. Yukari's dream is to assist with connecting her home country of Japan to her new home of Hawaiʻi, and strengthening relations.
Steering Committee Members:
Yoh is the Director of Demand Response at Hawaiian Electric Company in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. He is responsible for implementation of new programs to enhance grid reliability and integration of additional renewable energy. Yoh holds a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from University of Washington and a Master’s in Engineering Management from Duke University. A certified Project Management Professional, He serves on the board with the local chapter of Project Management Institute. Yoh also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board with University of Hawaiʻi’s Department of Electrical Engineering. He enjoys coaching the high school math team at his alma mater Mid-Pacific Institute. Born in Guam to a Japanese family, Yoh is fluent in Japanese and is looking towards sharing his bicultural experience.
Miku is originally from Miyagi, Japan. During her high school years, she participated in a several student exchange programs. She lived in France for a year, and came to Hawaiʻi as a participant of The Change Academy program. In 2017, she moved to Hawaiʻi to attend University of Hawaiʻi Kapiʻolani Community College. She enjoys new challenges, making new friends from all over the world and sharing cultural values. She currently interns at the World War II Valor at the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor, as a lead member in creating global educational programs. She is trilingual; speaking Japanese, English and French. Next year, she plans to participate in the Peace and Conflict Resolution program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Iroha is originally from Kagoshima, Japan. She has spent most of her life on three different islands: Tanegashima, Tokunoshima, and Okinawa. Oʻahu is her fourth island to live. She enjoys unique cultures of those islands, such as Amami folk music and Okinawan dance. She came to Hawaiʻi in 2017 to attend University of Hawaiʻi Kapiʻolani Community College. She is currently in her final semester there, and will transfer to University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Fall 2019. Her immediate educational goal is to get a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies. Iroha intends to be a researcher who studies about islands’ cultures and helps preserve endangered cultural heritages.
Ryuji is from Nagasaki, Japan. He participated in The Change Academy in 2016 as the first cohort. After graduating from high school, he moved to Oʻahu to study at University of Hawaiʻi, Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC). He is currently in his second semester at KCC and majoring in Natural Science for Engineering. He loves playing tennis, basketball, and his new favorite - surfing! He also enjoys reading comic books in his free time. His favorite is “One Piece.” Ryuji enjoys his college life in Hawai‘i and looks forward to continuing to support The Change Academy in any way he can.