Administrative Coordinator: Lisa Soong
Lisa comes to the Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawaii as its Administrative Coordinator where she will provide administrative support to the Board of Directors and various committees. She holds a BSBA in International Business and an MBA in Management from Hawaii Pacific University. She is the Business Administrator for Hawaiian Earth Products where she supervises all business aspects for the company. Lisa is a mom of 3 active boys and a member of the Board for St. Joseph Parish School where they either attend or are alumni. She has been the Vice President of Operations at the Mountain Apple Company for the last 14 years and has participated on the Leadership Council for the American Lung Association. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family who are avid sports enthusiasts.
ALP Program Director: Ms. Pauline Sato (contract position)
Born and raised in Hawai`i, Pauline Sato has always had a passion for protecting Hawaii’s environment. For more than 25 years, she has worked with various organizations such as the Bishop Museum, The Nature Conservancy, Mālama Hawai`i, and Mālama Learning Center in positions incorporating education, community outreach, internships, voyaging, and natural resources conservation.
She writes, “My foundation in environmental education, particularly about Hawaii’s environment, allows me to see the ‘big picture’ about the issues we face as island people and the solutions we must seek. Although my background is in conservation and I am not an agricultural expert, I see the close connections between agriculture and conservation and strive to build stronger relationships between the two. I have learned so much already from my experiences with Classes XIII and XIV. Donna Ching trained me well and I am elated that she will be rejoining our training team along with Peter Adler. Together, we will set the foundation for an exemplary program.”
Youth Program Coordinator: Ms. Christine Brammer (contract position)
Christine has been working in the field of marine conservation for over a decade and has created multiple successful outreach and education programs that focus on involving local communities in protection of resources. She spent over a decade as the programs coordinator for NOAAʻs Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary where she developed, managed and led a variety of projects including the sanctuaryʻs signature outreach project, the Sanctuary Ocean Count, which reached thousands of volunteers each year. Christine also led all aspects of communications for the sanctuary and was successful in building partnerships with a wide range of organizations. In addition, Christine held positions with U.H. Sea Grantʻs Reef Watch Waikiki and Re-use Hawai’i and volunteered for the Waikiki Aquarium and the Friends of Hanauma Bay. Christine has been involved in the planning for multiple international conferences, including the International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, swimming and biking.
Christine received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Honors from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Change from Hawai‘i Pacific University.