Teach For America – Hawai‘i Welcomes Elisa Yadao Of HMSA To Regional Board

Elisa Yadao Brings Proven Leadership Experience in Business and Community Organizations.


Honolulu, Hawai’i, May 29, 2018—Teach For America–Hawai‘i announced today that it has welcomed Elisa Yadao to its regional advisory board. She will guide the nonprofit organization as it works to build a diverse corps of lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. New corps members begin their commitment to expand educational opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds by teaching in hard-to-staff public school placements for at least two years.

“We are thrilled to have Elisa Yadao join our regional advisory board,” said Jill Baldemor, executive director of Teach For America – Hawai‘i. “Elisa is passionate about improving education and brings a wealth of expertise in communications and public relations to our regional board. Given her close connection with her home community on Hawai‘i Island, we value the unique perspective she will bring to our work with educational partners there.”

Elisa Yadao is senior vice president and chief communications and community engagement officer for the Hawai‘i Medical Service Association. Elisa has been with HMSA since 2009. Other notable work experiences include serving as the chief information officer for the City and County of Honolulu’s rail transit system, communications director for Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate, executive director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and television reporter and news producer for Hawaii’s CBS affiliate. She volunteers on the board of directors for the American Heart Association’s Hawaii Chapter, Hawaii Island Economic Development Board, East Hawaii Regional Health Improvement Collaborative, and with the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

Born and raised in Hilo, she is a proud graduate of the Hilo High School. She has degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

“I’m really honored to help such a fine organization.” said Yadao. “My son graduates this spring and will become a full-time teacher in the fall so this is quite personal for me.”

Teach For America – Hawai‘i Regional Advisory Board 
H. Mitchell D’Olier — Chairman, Harold K. L. Castle Foundation
Jeff Arce — Partner and CFO, The MacNaughton Group
Trever Asam — Partner, Cades Schutte LLP
Lisa Ayabe — Partner, Cades Schutte LLP
Christine Bean — Program Manager, Roberts Foundation
Sharon Shiroma Brown — Senior Vice President, First Hawaiian Bank; President, First Hawaiian Bank Foundation
Glen Kaneshige — President, Nordic Construction PCL
Paul Kosasa — President and CEO, ABC Stores
Ritchie Mudd — Founder and Former CEO, RSI Roofing and Building
Scott Seu — Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Hawaiian Electric Company
Candy Suiso — Executive Director, Searider Productions
Tyler Tokioka — Vice President of External Affairs, Island Insurance
Sharlene Tsuda — Vice President of Community Development, The Queen’s Health Systems

About Teach For America – Hawai‘i
Since 2006 on O‘ahu and 2009 on Hawai‘i Island, Teach For America – Hawai‘i has recruited and developed over 750 educational leaders. Beginning as teachers serving public school students affected by poverty, the alumni of our program continue to work across career sectors – including education, law, business, medicine, and government – to improve opportunities for young people and fight for educational equity. As a native and rural region of Teach For America, we work with local and national partners to provide all students with an excellent education. For more information about our region, visit hawaii.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Teach For America works in partnership with urban and rural communities in 53 regions across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today Teach For America is a force of 56,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence and to lead. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.