Who we are
The team at Hawaii Public Policy Advocates is a dedicated group of individuals with extensive experience in both government relations and association management. Whether managing the day-to-day operations of a non-profit association or developing strategic plans for legislative action, our team can do it all. Simply put, there is no other team like ours. Read on and learn a little more about who we are.
What we do
Government Affairs Strategy100%
Research and Reporting100%
Melissa is the president and co-founder of Hawaii Public Policy Advocates. She is an attorney and government affairs professional who represents clients before the state legislature, regulatory agencies and local governmental bodies. She has taught courses of legislative advocacy and was named the U.S. Small Business Administration's Women in Business Champion for the State of Hawaii.
Stephen Teves is the chief consultant and co-founder of Hawaii Public Policy Advocates. He is an attorney and public policy advocate with extensive experience in government affairs. He has served as the legislative director for the lieutenant governor of the State of Hawaii and as a legislative aide in the Hawaii House of Representatives. He is currently a member of the St. Louis High School board of trustees.
Lilly Ho oversees operations for the firm's governmental affairs and non-profit management clients. She helped develop and implements strategic legislative monitoring and tracking systems and serves as the firm's human resource consultant. She leads a team of staff and volunteers responsible for yearly growth in revenue and attendance at an annual statewide trade conference. She also oversees a college internship program, training Hawaii's future business leaders. She earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration Management and Human Resource Management from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Landon Wong serves as Member Services Manager, overseeing membership recruitment and retention, communications and event planning for the firm's non-profit clients. He has helped develop and implement fiscal reporting and tracking systems and is responsible for non-profit board governance and compliance matters. He earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration Management and Human Resource Management from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Amanda Tokita has over twenty-five years of business experience in administrative operations and has served as the Hawaii Public Policy Advocates office manager since 2008. She oversees the daily administration of the firm. Raised in Maui, she and her husband co-own Caring Transitions of Honolulu, a relocation, downsizing and estate liquidations service company.
Kathleen Lee has a diverse professional background stemming from government, non-profit, hospitality and public relations sectors. She handles policy development, advocacy and communications activities, and provides marketing and event planning support to association management clients and the firm. Kathleen attended San Jose State University where she studied Political Science, and served as an intern to Mr. Mike Honda, former U.S. Representative from California. She also worked as a staff member of the Hawaii State House of Representatives Finance Committee. Her past and present community involvement includes being a board member for the Filipino Junior Chamber, member of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Program, and board member for her local Neighborhood Board.