Beth Giesting, Director

Beth Giesting has a noteworthy background in health care delivery and policy, especially for underserved and low-income communities in Hawai‘i. She was most recently employed in the Governor’s Office to head up health care transformation efforts, focusing on behavioral health innovations. She was previously the CEO of the Hawai‘i Primary Care Association and Executive Director at Kalihi-Palama Health Center. Awareness of the fundamental connections between socio-economic conditions and health status led to her passionate interest in economic equity and opportunity and, hence, to her new role at HBPC.

Kenna Stormogipson, Policy and Data Analyst

Kenna has a strong interest in how Hawaiʻi can best pay for public goods in an equitable and efficient way.  She completed a Masterʻs in Public Affairs from UC Berkeley and wrote her thesis on how to support affordable housing in Hawaii through public infrastructure financing.  Since graduating she has worked for the Public Policy Center at UH Mānoa on Transit Oriented Development and as a bills researcher for the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means.  As a researcher she enjoys making complicated financial topics accessible and relatable so that decision makers and the public can push for a more equitable society.

Devin Thomas, AmeriCorps VISTA Policy Analyst

Devin Thomas is particularly interested in researching how the dire housing crisis in Hawaiʻi can be alleviated, and this focus informs his work with the Hawaiʻi Budget and Policy Center. Devin obtained his master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote his dissertation on the motivations of the United States in regard to its interactions with Venezuela. Having grown up in Hawaiʻi, Devin is ardently committed to giving back to the local community by researching and promoting policies that combat economic and racial injustices.