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Our Team

Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Denise Yamaguchi currently serves as Executive Director for the Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation and also serves as the Principal of Denise Hayashi Consulting (DHC), LLC, a fundraising and governmental affairs consulting practice. Prior to founding DHC, Yamaguchi was the Director of Community Relations for NCL America where she oversaw government and community relations, particularly on the neighbor islands. From 1998 – 2005, Yamaguchi held the position of Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs for Bishop Museum where she provided strategic direction for revenue generating operations.

Trina Nakamura

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING

Trina Nakamura brings a decade of experience in sales, marketing, event management, implementation of fundraising campaigns, and grant writing. At HAF, she provides leadership for the execution and monitoring of a comprehensive development and marketing plan which includes special events, foundations, corporate sponsorships, and individual giving. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from the University of Hawai`i’s Shidler College of Business.

Liz Stanton-Barrera

EDUCATION PROGRAMS MANAGER

Liz Stanton manages all of HAF’s education programs by coordinating teacher trainings and direct communications with school administrators, students, and other stakeholders. She received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from George Washington University as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawai‘i. Prior to her tenure with HAF, she served as the Educational Programs Director for the Japan-America Society of Hawai‘i, where she gained years of experience in coordinating education programs and volunteers.

Chasity-Mae Real

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Chasity-Mae Real assists with creating strategies to maintain HAF’s relations with major stakeholders and media partners. This includes assisting with campaign reporting, newsletters, events, social media—and the execution of HAF’s grants, sponsorships, and donors. In 2019, she received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from the University of Hawai‘i’s Shidler College of Business. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, she also supported local restaurants by providing free social media marketing and food photography via her Instagram, @chasxeats.

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Contributions go directly to supporting local farmers, ag education and outreach programs.