OHA Welcomes New Community Engagement Director


Photo: Capsun M. Poe

Capsun M. Poe has joined the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) as the agency’s new community engagement director. Poe previously worked for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Education where he served as the branch administrator and legislative coordinator. In this capacity, Poe functioned as a program director, project manager, marketing specialist and as legislative session staff.

Poe has a master’s degree in public administration and 19 years of experience in planning, management, analysis, and the administration of government and nonprofit programs; as well as extensive experience with relationship management and stakeholder engagement. He previously worked at OHA from 2007 to 2016 serving as trustee aide, policy advocate and board secretary.

“The community engagement director is a key position within the restructured OHA executive team and we are pleased that Capsun returns to OHA with his broad community, legislative and policy experiences to advance our Mana i Mauli Ola strategic plan through statewide community-based public policy and advocacy work,” said OHA CEO Dr. Sylvia Hussey.

In his new role at the agency, Poe will report to OHA Chief Operations Officer Casey Brown and oversee OHA’s Compliance and Enforcement Department, and Community Engagement’s Public Policy team with staff located on Oʻahu and at OHA’s neighbor island offices.

Poe will also collaborate with OHA’s chief advocate and her team to advance public policy activities at the community, county and state levels, and with OHA’s communications department and beneficiary services to engage with communities throughout the pae ʻāina.

“I am grateful and excited for this opportunity to return to the ʻOHAna in service of a thriving lāhui,” said Poe. “With the collective efforts of our community, employees, partners, and policymakers, we can create opportunities to engage and take action for the betterment of the conditions for Native Hawaiians. I look forward to the conversations, collaboration, and work that lies ahead to fulfill OHA’s Mana i Mauli Ola strategic plan.”