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.”

The most important thing to know about Jan Harada is that she is a 15-year practitioner of traditional Southern Chinese Kung Fu, Lion Dancing and Qigong. The practice of martial arts, lion dancing and Qigong are critical components of her ability to manage and lead in her day-to-day duties working as the President & CEO of Helping Hands Hawaii, a health and human services nonprofit, while also serving on the Boards of the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO), the Henry & Colene Wong Foundation, the Hawaii Employers Council (HEC), the Susannah Wesley Community Center and Island Insurance, Inc.

In addition to leading a life of service and aspiring to be a Servant Leader, she has a continual desire to improve her leadership by looking at her strengths, her weaknesses and her potential, all while getting a better understanding of her voice, feeling strong in her core values and having a clear view of the kind of impact she wants to have on the critical issues facing our State and communities. With these learning goals in mind, she has pursued and been fortunate to be selected to participate in a number of leadership and community programs including being a 2008 Pacific Century Fellow, a 2008 Weinberg Fellow, a 2012 Hawaii Community Foundation PONO Program participant and a member of the Omidyar Fellows Program – Cohort II (2013-2014).

Jan is a graduate of Punahou School, the University of Oregon and the University of Oregon School of Law. After graduating from law school, she returned home, took the Bar, passed the Bar, got sworn in and then decided not to practice (she is inactive status with the Hawaii State Bar Association). Instead, she has spent the last 16+ years in service-oriented roles – 5+ years with the Department of Health, 4-1/2 years with Palama Settlement (3+ as their Executive Director) and in her current role at Helping Hands Hawaii for 7+ years.

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