Rachael has dedicated her career to improving quality of life for others and has served our Hawaiʻi community in different ways: advocating for patients and those who serve them as the executive director of Kokua Mau (Hawaiʻi Hospice & Palliative Care Organization) and the Hawaiʻi Consortium for Integrative Care; partnering with providers to incorporate community health into the healthcare delivery system as the vice president and chief operating officer of Healthcare Association of Hawaii; leading the State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS), a trampoline to health and well-being for local families and individuals, to an integrated approach to serving the community; and serving on numerous local and national boards and committees.
As DHS director, Rachael led the creation of the state’s ʻOhana Nui multigenerational framework to streamline programs and funding with the focus on whole families. She then founded and now leads the privately funded One Shared Future (OSF) Initiative, which accelerates and deepens the good work in the public sector through collective professional development. She is committed to bringing what she learned working in the executive branch to develop true public-private partnerships that address long-lasting, substantive change for Hawaiʻi residents.
Rachael earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies and certificate in women’s studies from Princeton University, a master’s degree in public health from UH-Manoa, and a doctorate in public health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Born and raised in Honolulu, she lives in Manoa with her husband, a physician who cares for underserved populations and teaches medical residents.