Jan M. Harada

President & Chief Executive Officer

 “Life at Helping Hands Hawaii is about working for an organization that sees those in the community who are often invisible and serving them no matter how hard it is.”

As the President and CEO, Jan oversees all aspects of agency operations by working closely with a management team that includes eight direct reports. She provides guidance over the agency’s budget, programmatic strategies, fund development opportunities and agency relations.

Jan is the direct liaison between staff and HHH Board of Directors and serves as the agency’s primary spokesperson. She participates in community discussions about issues within the sector and those that concern our consumer populations, develops and sustains working relationships with community partners and works on building healthy organizational culture.

She is a graduate of Punahou School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in History from the University of Oregon. After receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law, she was sworn in to the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) in 2000 but remains inactive in status choosing to use her legal knowledge and skill sets in the nonprofit sector.

Jan serves as the Board Chair of the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO) and on the board of the Henry & Colene Wong Foundation. She also has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Honolulu for more than five years.

Fun Fact: Jan practices southern Chinese Kung Fu–primarily in the styles of Hung Gar and Choy Lee Fut–and participates in Chinese Lion Dancing throughout the year.

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