Kalei Stern is the director of the Omidyar Fellows, a program for emerging leaders in Hawaii. She is responsible for the program’s quality and integration within the community of learners, with the organizations that are sponsoring Fellows, and in the larger network of leadership in Hawaii. Kalei was previously the Executive Director of Ke Alii Pauahi Foundation and the Director of Philanthropic Services at Hawaii Community Foundation. She is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Joshua Wisch is the deputy director for the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation, where his work includes oversight of the department's several divisions as well as its Tax-System Modernization program. Prior to serving at the Tax Department, Joshua was the special assistant to the Attorney General in the State of Hawaii, Department of the Attorney General, the district director for Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, and an attorney at both Chun, Kerr, Dodd, Beaman & Wong, and Cades Schutte. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Nicole A. Velasco is a third generation resident born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Princeton University in 2008 with a BA in English. Nicole serves as the Executive Secretary of the Neighborhood Commission and is the youngest appointed Cabinet member of the Caldwell Administration.
In 2012, Nicole ran for the Hawaii State House of Representatives in her community of Kalihi, District 30. With a narrow and controversial loss of 120 votes, the outcome of Nicole’s primary election reignited discussions about election reform. During the 2013 Legislative Session, a bill was written to address the concerns raised in Nicole’s race. Newly introduced and the first of its kind, the bill was not expected to advance. However, the wisdom of the Legislature and the Governor ensured that the measure would pass and become Act 235, SLH 2013.
Nicole has worked as an analyst for both the Hawaii State Office of the Auditor and the Finance Committee of the Hawaii State House of Representatives. Previously, Nicole served as a Government Affairs Advisor at Ashford & Wriston, LLP, representing a variety of clients with legislative concerns in the State of Hawaii.
Nicole continues to work on issues and projects in the community. She is a proud coach of the Farrington Lady Govs Water Polo team. Invested in Hawaii’s future, Nicole often visits various public and private schools to give presentations on government and to encourage civic engagement among youth.