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DBEDT NEWS RELEASE: Office of planning names new sustainability coordinator

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU – The state Office of Planning named Danielle M. M. Bass to the newly created position of state sustainability coordinator, effective today.

In her new role, Bass will assist the state with implementing the Sustainability Priority Guidelines that are a part of the Hawaii State Planning Act (HRS § 226-108).  The position will serve as a sustainability liaison among state and other governmental agencies, as well as private or non-profit organizations, on various sustainability initiatives being performed statewide.  The position will also be responsible for establishing broad work plans for state initiatives that promote sustainability, including developing programmatic priorities and budgets, conducting program analyses, making policy recommendations, and preparing sustainability or initiative reports, and other written materials.

“We are fortunate to have someone like Danielle join our office to coordinate and collaborate on the variety of sustainability initiatives being performed statewide,” said Leo Asuncion, director, Office of Planning.  “Danielle’s experience in public policy and advocacy, legislative management, grants and project management, and community involvement will certainly contribute towards the state’s progress in meeting and achieving our sustainability goals.”

Bass brings to this position 13 years of legislative experience, including her service as the legislative manager for Rep. Ryan Yamane.  In her previous role, she was responsible for community liaising, directing legislative operations, and advising on statewide policy positions dealing with water and land, transportation, health, consumer protection, and tourism.

“I am excited to serve in this new position and for the opportunity to work with the public and private sectors, and our local communities on sustainability initiatives for Hawaii’s future,” said Bass.  “I look forward to working together, targeting specific goals that will bring tangible results to protect and balance our economy with our natural environment to sustain our islands.”

Bass holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, a certificate in Disaster Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

About the State Office of Planning

The Office of Planning is a state agency, attached to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), that gathers, analyzes and provides information to the governor to assist in the overall analysis and formulation of state policies and strategies. Its purpose is to: (1) provide central direction and cohesion in the allocation of resources and effectuation of state activities and programs; and (2) effectively address current or emerging issues and opportunities. The office works closely with local, state and federal government agencies; the University of Hawaii; and various community stakeholders to achieve these objectives.

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