Ulupono Initiative (Honolulu, HI)

Title: Associate, Government Affairs

Managed by: Director of Government Affairs

Issue Date: Jan. 23, 2023                                                                 FLSA Status: Exempt

ABOUT ULUPONO INITIATIVE: Ulupono Initiative (UI) is a Hawai‘i-focused impact investment firm sponsored by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam. The organization strives to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawai‘i by working toward solutions that create more locally produced food, increase renewable energy and clean transportation to reduce our dependence on imported oil, and better manage our freshwater resources. UI believes that self-sufficiency and resilience are essential to our future prosperity and will help shape a future where economic progress and mission-focused impact can work hand in hand. Our approach is based on systems thinking. For each of our investment areas, we aim to understand the entire landscape and identify critical intervention points that, when altered, will improve the outlook for Hawai‘i’s future and residents’ quality of life.

UI’s model allows the organization to work towards our mission in a variety of ways. We make investments in for-profit companies, provide grants to non-profit organizations, advocate on policy and regulatory issues, and we sometimes act as a catalyst or convener around critical issues related to food, energy, transportation, and fresh water.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Associate, Government Affairs is primarily responsible for supporting public policy efforts within UI, including evaluating policy & regulation, performing financial/economic analysis of such policies, drafting proposed legislation and statements of UI’s support/opposition of policy (as directed), and working with partner organizations to help public-private partnerships to achieve goals. The role requires understanding government grant/funding opportunities, plus evaluating new funding opportunities to secure government and/or other private-sector funding. One will need to have (or develop) a strong understanding in County, State, and Federal laws and regulations related to UI’s primary sectors. Projects may include policy/regulatory advocacy work, in-depth internal research in UI’s primary sectors (local food production, renewable energy, clean transportation, and freshwater management), managing consultant research/support, and other strategic initiatives to advance UI’s public policy objectives and mission. Other work may include supporting the assessment of grants made through the donor-advised Ulupono Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and other investments.




How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to communications@ulupono.com by Feb. 28, 2023. (Please note that our team will be reviewing resumes and progressing with qualified candidates as submissions are received.)