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May 15, 2020

Ruiz, Chapman Strengthen Ulupono Initiative’s Regulatory, Operations Resources

Categories: Energy | Press Release



Ruiz, Chapman Strengthen Ulupono Initiative’s Regulatory, Operations Resources

HONOLULU — Ulupono Initiative today announced two recent hirings, bolstering the capabilities and resources within its regulatory and operations teams.

Samantha Ruiz joins the mission-driven firm as director of regulatory affairs, effective March 2, 2020, and Kathleen Chapman joins as office manager, effective March 3, 2020. Both individuals bring keen knowledge and insight toward Ulupono’s mission to realize a more self-sufficient and resilient Hawaii in the key areas of locally produced food, renewable energy, clean transportation, and better management of water and waste.

“Samantha is meticulous and specialized in navigating complex regulatory processes,” said Murray Clay, president of Ulupono Initiative. “Her experience at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and within the environmental sector will be a tremendous asset to move our catalytic efforts forward, particularly in the areas of performance-based regulation and future efforts that support the integration of renewable energy resources in Hawaii.

“We also warmly welcome Kathleen, whose experience and expertise gained while providing executive-level support in federal, state and private-sector environments will prove invaluable to our team. She’ll ‘keep the trains running on time’ and help manage the people and resources behind our work.”

Before joining Ulupono Initiative, Ruiz worked as an energy analyst at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission where, among other accolades, she led research on a variety of proceedings including distributed energy resources, grid modernization, and renewable energy procurements processes. Prior to her state government role, she was a regulatory analyst for Yamamoto Caliboso, LLC in Honolulu and an energy consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Ruiz earned a master’s degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vt., and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Chapman comes to Ulupono Initiative from Alexander and Baldwin, where she served as human resources staffing coordinator, managing recruitment, onboarding and employee engagement, and before that as executive assistant to the president and chief executive officer. Chapman also worked as deputy chief of staff to then-U.S. Congressman Neil Abercrombie in Washington, D.C. and, subsequently, executive assistant to Abercrombie after he was elected governor of the State of Hawaii.

Raised in Kalaheo, Kauai, Chapman earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Seattle University.

About Ulupono Initiative
A mission-driven venture of The Omidyar Group, Ulupono Initiative was founded in 2009 to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawaii by working toward sustainable solutions that support and promote locally produced food, renewable energy, clean transportation, and better management of water and waste. For more information about Ulupono Initiative, visit ulupono.com or connect with Ulupono on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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