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Inkinen is assisting O‘ahu Economic Development Board with their search for a President & CEO.


O‘ahu Economic Development Board (OEDB) supports a healthy economy on O‘ahu as a leading agent in the growth, retention and recruitment of businesses that support appropriate jobs for the people of Hawai‘i. OEDB is a non-profit organization funded primarily by the private sector donations, contracts and the asset management of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC). Through the NMTC program, OEDB has leveraged over $135 million in funding to bring jobs, renewable energy, health care services, and the arts to the communities it serves.

OEDB seeks to balance economic development with community building by bringing resources to help under-resourced communities. Actively involved in infrastructure, planning and human development platformed with the disciplines of ALOHA, OEDB’s leadership recognizes that the strength of a community’s true economy is anchored in the strength of its people and relationships.

In partnership with the state’s other economic development boards and the Economic Development Alliance of Hawai‘i, OEDB stood up Aloha Connects Innovation, which helped workers displaced by the economic impacts of COVID-19 with financial support, paid training to up-skill and re-skill, and access to employment opportunities.


OEDB seeks a compassionate, entrepreneurial, and strategic President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who lives aloha and has a deep understanding of Hawai‘i and its diversity. Working with a committed board and staff, the CEO must cultivate relationships and partnerships with diverse groups, including private, public, corporate and non-profit partners, to create economic development opportunities that address the needs of the community. With bold, new approaches to investing in community-building projects, the CEO must embrace the divergent views of stakeholders and forge relationships of trust.

Qualified candidates for CEO will have unquestioned integrity, a proven record of collaborative leadership, and established cross-sector community relationships. Board governance and for-profit and non-profit sector experience are required.

OEDB’s last President & CEO, Pono Shim, passed away in April of 2022. He was beloved by OEDB’s team, partners, and community stakeholders. Nelson Lau, a board member, has stepped in as acting CEO until this search is completed and a successor CEO takes the helm.

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