Executive Director

The most important thing to know about Jan Harada is that she is a 17+ year practitioner of traditional Southern Chinese Kung Fu, Lion Dancing, and Qigong. In 2019 she also began learning the practice of zen meditation. All of these things are critical components of her ability to manage and lead in her day-to-day duties working as the executive director of the H.T. Hayashi Foundation, where she began in mid-June 2019 after a 3 month sabbatical following 12 years as a CEO/Executive Director for two different community-based nonprofit organizations. Jan also serves on the board of the Henry & Colene Wong Foundation. Jan is a Pacific Century Fellow, Weinberg Fellow, and Omidyar Fellow while also having graduated from Punahou School, the University of Oregon, and the University of Oregon School of Law. After graduating from law school, she returned home, took the Bar, passed the Bar, got sworn in, and then decided not to practice (she is inactive status with the Hawaii State Bar Association). Instead, she has spent the last 19 years in service-oriented roles as a part of her life of service.