Governor-elect Josh Green’s staff has different skills

Nov. 24: Gov.-elect Josh Green has staffed his office with a diverse group of women with backgrounds in government and the private sector, including a new cabinet-level position focused on the workforce and affordable housing , homelessness and social services policies.

Gov.-elect Josh Green has staffed his office with a diverse group of women with backgrounds in government and the private sector, including a new cabinet-level position focused on workforce and affordable housing, the policies of homelessness and social services.

His current chief of staff, Brooke Wilson, will continue as chief of staff when Green is sworn in Dec. 5 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena. His background includes experience in construction, nonprofits, technology and communications.

Green is elevating the role of director of housing to cabinet level and has appointed Nani Medeiros to fill the role. The position is on par with other Cabinet members to emphasize the importance of the role, Green’s office said. He is also expected to appoint a homelessness coordinator.

Medeiros will be responsible for workforce and affordable housing efforts, homelessness and social services policies.

Medeiros is currently the executive director of Home Aid Hawaii and worked with Green during his tenure as lieutenant governor to develop Hawaii’s first tiny house kauhale village to provide permanent housing for the homeless in Kalaeloa. HomeAid Hawaii, a Hawaii builders’ union, provided labor, expertise and materials for the project.

During his previous 18 years of experience at the state Capitol, Medeiros worked with Democratic and Republican lawmakers and former Gov. Linda Lingle for five years advising on housing, homelessness, transit-oriented development, human services , health and education; will use in his new role, Medeiros told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

He hopes to combine his bipartisan government and private sector experience to help find ways to speed up housing construction at lower costs.

“We can’t control the cost of materials or the cost of labor,” he said. “But how can we, as a government, reduce overall costs? How are we, as a government, increasing those costs?”

In addition to Wilson and Medeiros, Green’s appointments include:—Lori Abe, deputy chief of staff, who was vice president of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.—Makana McClellan, director of communications, who most recently served as director of business development and community relations and director of marketing and communications for Shriners Hospital for Children. She was previously public information officer for The Queen’s Health Systems.—Felea ‘i Tau, director of constituent services and protocol, who has worked for the past 18 years as Green’s office manager and special assistant of Lieutenant Governor.—Keala Patterson, Protocol Officer, who most recently served as Director of Public Affairs at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.—Krystle Cook, Administrative Services Officer, who most recently served as Operations Officer of Advancement at Punahou School.—Shari Carter, Executive Assistant to the First. lady, who has served as an administrative services officer in the office of the lieutenant governor.

Green’s transition team continues interviews to find 17 directors and 28 deputies to lead state departments.

Applications are still being accepted for a variety of government positions through GreenTransition or the state’s hiring portal

“I am assembling a team that will help me drive an ambitious agenda for Hawaii over the next four years,” Green said in a statement. “It is a group of dedicated and qualified professionals with years of experience in their respective fields. Each brings with them a passion to make a difference and meet the challenges facing Hawaii.

“I am very excited to see the incredible quality of applicants who have already applied to work in the administration,” he said. “This really gives me hope that our state has a great future.”

Green’s induction ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 5 with his swearing in at noon at Blaisdell Arena. It’s free and the public is invited. Doors open at 9 am


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