Teach For America – Hawai‘i Welcomes Tyler Tokioka of Island Insurance to Regional Board

Tyler Tokioka Brings Proven Leadership Experience in Business and Community Organizations.


Honolulu, Hawai’i, February 16, 2018—Teach For America–Hawai‘i announced today that it has welcomed Tyler Tokioka to its regional advisory board. He 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.

“It is truly an honor to have Tyler Tokioka join our regional advisory board,” said Jill Baldemor, executive director of Teach For America – Hawai‘i. “Island Insurance has been a longtime supporter of our work, and Tyler brings an incredible wealth of experience and expertise to our regional board. His stewardship will help guide our efforts to provide students with the best educational experiences possible.”

Tyler Tokioka is currently vice president of external affairs for Island Insurance, the state’s largest locally-owned property and casualty insurer.  Prior to joining Island Insurance, his experience included working as a securities analyst for Daiwa Securities of America in New York City.  Tokioka is also president of the Island Insurance Foundation and a member of the board of directors of Island Holdings, Inc. and Hawaiian Properties, Ltd.

Active in community organizations, Tokioka is the immediate past chair of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, past president of the Hawai‘i Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Society Chapter, and the regional chair of membership for the U.S.-Japan Council.

Tokioka is a member of the board of trustees for the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation.  He is also a member of the board of directors of the O‘ahu Economic Development Board, Hawai‘i Alliance of Non-Profit Organizations, ‘Ōlelo Community Media, Resources for Enrichment Athletics Culture & Health (REACH), Kids At Risk Mentoring Program (KAMP), Reach for the Runway, Blood Bank of Hawai‘i, and ‘Ōhi‘a Productions.

Born and raised in Honolulu, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, a master in business administration from New York University Stern School of Business in New York, New York and is a graduate of Punahou School.

 “We need strong leaders with a passion for providing an excellent education to students of all backgrounds,” said Tokioka. “Teach For America – Hawai‘i has been a valuable contributor to our educational landscape, and I’m proud to join them in their efforts to set our children on a path to success.” 

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
Ann Botticelli — Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Hawaiian Airlines
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
Sissie Pittullo — Child Advocate, Attorney, and Educator
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 System

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.