New appointments to Governor’s Marine Affairs Advisory Committee, chaired by UH oceanographer

Hawaiʻi Governor Josh Green, M.D., has appointed new members to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Marine Affairs. The formation of the advisory committee was initially announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2024, with Governor Green designating SOEST oceanography professor David Karl to serve as chair.

The announcement of Governor Green’s appointments coincide with of Ocean Week 2024, a week of global events that recognize ongoing efforts to steward ocean resources and celebrate innovative solutions centered around the protection of the Earth’s oceans.

“With Professor Karl’s leadership, I am confident that these distinguished individuals bring invaluable expertise and commitment to the preservation of Hawaiʻi’s marine resources,” said Governor Green. “Their contributions will be crucial in guiding the state toward a sustainable and thriving marine ecosystem.”

The Governor expressed confidence in the expertise and dedication of the newly appointed members and emphasized the importance of their contributions to the preservation and sustainable management of Hawaiʻi’s marine resources.

The committee will consist of the following distinguished individuals from across the spheres of government, business, education, and community-based organizations:

  • Greg Asner, director, Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, Arizona State University
  • Gregory Barbour, executive director, Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Authority
  • Michael Bruno, provost, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • Suzanne Case, director, Office of Land and Ocean Conservation Futures, University of Hawai‘i
  • Dawn Chang, chairperson, Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources
  • Makena Coffman, director, Institute for Sustainability and Resilience, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • Kisan Jo, executive vice president, Retail and Wealth Markets, Central Pacific Bank
  • DreanaLee Kalili, deputy director, Harbors Division, Hawai‘i Department of Transportation
  • Charles Littnan, director, Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
  • Ku‘uhaku Park, senior vice president, Government and Community Relations, Matson Navigation Inc.
  • Greg Rocheleau, chief executive officer, Makai Ocean Engineering
  • Patrick Sullivan, president and CEO, Oceanit
  • Vassilis Syrmos, vice president, Research and Innovation, University of Hawai‘i System
  • Jennifer Walsh, senior vice president and provost, Hawai‘i Pacific University
  • Andy Winer, executive vice president, Strategies 360

Members of Hawai‘i’s Congressional Delegation are expected to collaborate with the Advisory Committee in an ex officio capacity.

Karl, a distinguished Professor of Oceanography at SOEST and Director of Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), has been working since April to recruit members of the committee. “We’ve recruited many of Hawai‘i’s top leaders from the field of marine conservation and sustainability,’ explained Karl. “Today’s announcement marks the start of the next stage in our work.”

 As Chair of the Advisory Committee on Marine Affairs, Karl will convene members to plan and execute on the principles of the blue economy, collaborating among stakeholders to develop tangible recommendations for sustainable ocean-related policies and initiatives.

Read also on UH News and in the Governor’s press release.