He'e Coalition

HE‘E Representatives

Kathy BryantKatharine M. Bryant

Hui for Excellence in Education (HE‘E) communication coordinator
(808) 225-9043, kathybryant@hawaii.rr.com

Kathy Bryant received her bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Claremont McKenna College.  She also attended the University of Hawaii pursuing a masters degree in urban and regional planning.  Bryant has worked as a land use and urban planner.  She has also worked as an environmental planner coordinating and drafting environmental documents for private, state and federal projects.  Currently, she is active as a consultant in public policy issues analysis, facilitation services and dispute prevention and resolution services.  She has been an active volunteer serving as Chair of the Kailua Neighborhood Board, President of the Aikahi Elementary PTSA, Coordinator for the Friends of Aikahi Playground project, Advisory Board member Boys and Girls Club Windward Clubhouse, and a youth soccer coach.

Bryant served as the facilitator for the Department of Education Act 51 Education Reform Interagency Task Force.  She was a consensus hire by the private sector co-chairs and the state department director of DAGS and the Superintendent of DOE.  The Task Force was convened to consolidate all DOE related government work under the DOE and was comprised of the Department Directors of Budget & Finance, DAGS, DHS, DLHR, the labor unions, the Superintendent and staff, the Governor’s Office and two private sector representatives who served as co-chairs.  The expansive effort involved consolidating and reassigning staff and resources from several state departments to the DOE.  The Task Force met for more than a year and was successful in meeting the legislative deadlines for the transfer.

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Cheri NakamuraCheri Nakamura

Hui for Excellence in Education (HE‘E) director
(808) 375-5066, cheri@HeeCoalition.org

Cheri Nakamura is the new director for the coalition Hui for Excellence in Education also known as HE‘E. She was program manager for The Learning Coalition, where she mapped and evaluated Hawai‘i’s family engagement in education. She worked with education-focused community groups and non-profits, parent groups, and the Department of Education to improve parent and family engagement in schools. Nakamura was vice president and marketing director at Prospect Asset Management, Inc., an investment advisory firm specializing in the investments of Japanese equities and real estate. She has also had a successful career in the performing arts, performing in musicals on Broadway, off-Broadway and internationally.

Nakamura has an MBA from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and a BA in international economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. In both masters and undergraduate programs, Cheri studied Japanese management and Japanese language as an exchange student in Tokyo, Japan, at Keio Business School and International Christian University. She is fluent in Japanese.