The Hawai‘i State Board of Education has appointed veteran public policy and government affairs leader Capsun M. Poe as its executive director overseeing the planning, coordination, monitoring and improvement of the Board’s operations. The state Constitution grants the Board the power to formulate statewide educational policy.
“I am excited for this opportunity to empower the Board of Education’s work to lead the public education system through strategic direction, transparent policymaking, effective oversight, comprehensive systems, meaningful engagement, and vigorous advocacy,” said Poe, whose appointment is effective Oct. 3.
In this role, Poe will serve as the liaison between the Hawai‘i State Department of Education’s (HIDOE) leadership and Board members for agendas, communications and all other matters. He will assist with the overall coordination and management of the strategic plan desired outcomes and managing the policies, procedures and programs between the Board and HIDOE leadership.
Poe brings over two decades of leadership experience in education, government and nonprofit institutions in Hawai‘i. He currently serves as the chief advocate and community engagement director at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Prior to OHA, he spearheaded the HIDOE’s governmental affairs efforts as the administrator and legislative coordinator in the department’s Policy, Innovation, Planning & Evaluation Branch.
“Capsun’s 20-plus years of experience in policy and advocacy along with his demonstrated commitment to public education make him a strong leader for this role and we look forward to having him be our bridge with stakeholders and the community,” said Hawai‘i Board of Education Chairman Warren Haruki.
Poe holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, at which time he also served as the student regent on the university’s Board of Regents.
"I look forward to the conversations, partnerships, and work that lies ahead with all who want excellent educational opportunities for our keiki – especially educators, families, elected officials and advocates,” said Poe.