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.

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Ivy Richardson is the Hawaiʻi Budget and Policy Center (HBPC) Budget and Policy Analyst and an AmeriCorps VISTA. She graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor of arts in political science, and focused her studies on democratic institutions. She interned in Washington, D.C. for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and later worked in Washington State where she focused on improving state policies surrounding the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) federal block grant program. She is a strong advocate for finding ways to alleviate poverty, and working towards a future where everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.

Lilinoe Kauahikaua

Lilinoe Kauahikaua is from Hilo on Hawaiʻi Island and is currently working on her masters in social work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As an intern with the Hawaiʻi Budget & Policy Center, this kauwela (summer) she will be analyzing current investments in Native Hawaiians, as well as Native Hawaiian health and well being, through allocations of the stateʻs budget.