Gov.-elect Josh Green announced Tuesday that he has named Brooke Wilson as chief of staff and Nani Medeiros as chief housing officer.
Wilson served as Greene’s chief of staff during his tenure as lieutenant governor. For the past four years, Wilson has worked with Green on the state’s first masterplan Kauhale (village of small houses) and its development. “Home is healthcare” A model for dealing with chronic homelessness. News from Green’s office According to her release, she has 20 years of experience in multiple industries including government, construction, nonprofits, technology and telecommunications.
Nani Medeiros will serve as Green’s Chief Housing Officer, driving the governor’s initiatives on workforce and affordable housing, homelessness and social services policies. She is now the Executive Director of HomeAid Hawaii, a Kauhale that consists of 37 tiny homes that deal with the homeless, where she developed Kama’oku. She previously spent 6 years with the Hawaii Primary Care Association, 13 years with the State Legislature, and 5 years with the State Executive.
Green’s staff schedule also includes:
• Lori Abe as Deputy Chief of Staff. Until recently, Abe served as vice president of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.
• Makana McClellan as Communications Director. Most recently, McClellan served as Director of Business Development and Community Relations and Director of Marketing and Communications at Shriners Children’s Hospital.
• Felea’i Tau is Director of Composition Services and Protocols. Tau has served as her manager in Green’s office for the past 18 years, most recently as a special assistant to the lieutenant governor.
• Keala Patterson as Protocol Officer. Patterson recently worked in Waianae, where she served as Director of Public Affairs for the Coast General Health Center.
• Krystle Cook as a Public Service Officer. Until recently, Cook served as Advance Her Operations Officer at the Punahou School.
• Shari Carter as the first lady’s executive assistant. For the past nine years, Carter has served as the Lieutenant Governor’s Office’s Administrative Services Officer.
The incoming administration has also identified an additional 15 staff members who will play key roles in the governor’s office to support Green in day-to-day operations and state priorities. This represents approximately 46% of the operations team.
With ministerial-level interviews continuing this week, residents can still apply to the administration through GreenTransition2022.org or the state’s employment portal, jobs.hawaii.gov.
Green officially launches at noon on December 5th at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena.