Board of Directors

Michael O’Malley, Board Chair
Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel

Keiki-Pua Dancil, Vice Chair
Director, Business Strategy Development
Hawaiian Electric Company

Ann Chung
Director of Special Projects

Fred Hemmings
Retired State Lawmaker, Noted Waterman

James Moonier
Alpha Capital Research

Craig Nakanishi
Cades Schutte LLP

Marissa Sandblom
Vice President
Grove Farm Company

Mark Tsuda
Executive Director at ‘Ilima at Leihano – A Kisco Senior Living Community

Jon Wallenstrom
Alakai Development

Ex-Officio Members:

DBEDT Director
Luis P. Salaveria
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

HTDC Representative
Elijah Yip
Cades Schutte LLP

NELHA Representative
William Mielcke
Retired President
Mauna Kea Resort


Karl Fooks, President

karl-fooksKarl is the president of the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, an agency of the state of Hawaii that partners with private sector investors to mobilize investment capital for the growth sectors of Hawaii’s economy. Formerly a managing director and head of Private Equity in Asia for J.P. Morgan & Co., Karl has extensive experience as an investment professional. Prior to that position, Karl was head of Mergers and Acquisitions in Asia for J.P. Morgan & Co. He holds a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and hails from the North Shore of Oahu.

Contact Karl at karl.fooks@hawaii.gov.

Sara. N. Lin, Associate

photo (2)Sara is an associate at the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation. She has a strong background in journalism and has worked as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. Most recently, Sara was a founding editor of Honolulu Civil Beat, an online investigative news startup launched by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. She’s a graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in politics and East Asian studies. Outside of the office, you’ll probably find Sara on a tennis court. She’s also an accomplished equestrian, pianist and cellist. She notes that her surfing skills, however, could use some work.

Contact Sara at Sara.N.Lin@hawaii.gov.