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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release — Governor Ige appoints interim director of Tax Department

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

Current director Linda Chu Takayama to take chief of staff position in Ige Administration August 1

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed Rona Suzuki as interim director of the state Department of Taxation (DOTAX). Suzuki has served as a senior executive assistant at DOTAX, managing the $60 million Tax System Modernization (TSM) program which aims to replace most of the department’s technologies to improve operational efficiency and security.

Previously, Suzuki was executive director of the Office of Community Services at the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. She was responsible for administering $30 million in grant programs for low-income individuals and families, immigrants, and refugees, to achieve economic self-sufficiency, as well as other social service nonprofits.

In addition, Suzuki worked for more than a decade with private technology companies, managing technical projects, staff, contracts and budgets for Hawai‘i Resource Group, Pacxa, Century Computers, Ho‘ike Technology, and Computer Training Academy (CTA).

Suzuki holds a B.A. in economics and government from Claremont McKenna College in California and a master’s in business administration from the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa.

Suzuki’s appointment is effective Aug. 1 and is subject to Senate confirmation.


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