As a growing organization, Transform Hawai‘i Government is proud to announce the appointment of Christine Sakuda as the organization’s first executive director. THG is a grassroots, nonprofit organization founded to support the transformation of the way state government conducts business, including moving from paper-based to digital systems to increase efficiency, security and transparency.
“When Transform Hawai‘i Government was started, we knew it would have to outlast any political administration to make a difference and that’s why it had to be community based and driven,” said Micah Kāne, chair of the Board of Directors for Transform Hawai‘i Government. “We are excited to bring on Christine Sakuda as executive director to really steer the organization to make the greatest impact possible in transforming the government and engaging the community.”
Previously housed as an initiative at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, THG was established as an independent nonprofit in 2016. Its mission is to build support for the transformation by educating the public, soliciting input from the community to help shape the outcome, and holding the state of Hawai‘i government accountable in making progress.
“I’m honored to be chosen as the first executive director of the Transform Hawai‘i Government coalition. Since 2013, this coalition has grown, engaged community leaders, and demonstrated support to advance an effective and efficient state government for all citizens,” stated Christine Sakuda. “I look forward to collaborating with the Office of Enterprise Technology Services and other departments to help our state government transform.”
Sakuda comes to THG from the Hawai‘i Health Information Exchange (HHIE), where she started as a board member, served as interim executive director, and eventually became its executive director in 2009. She is credited with building the organization from the ground up.
At HHIE, Sakuda devoted much of her time to transforming health care and the way it is delivered. HHIE was designated by the State of Hawai‘i to be the sole statewide health information exchange, and today, most of Hawai‘i’s major healthcare organizations and hundreds of Hawai‘i physicians are connected to HHIE.
Prior to her work at HHIE, Sakuda was the information officer and telehealth director at the Hawai‘i Primary Care Association where she directed the development and implementation of health information technology initiatives at Hawai‘i’s federally qualified community health centers. She was also the principal investigator for the Holomua Project, a health information exchange pilot program that went live in 2009.
Sakuda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and Japanese at Santa Clara University and received an MBA from the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa College of Business Administration.