The Hawaii State Senate confirmed Jobie Masagatani Friday as the Chairperson of the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Upon confirmation, Masagatani had been serving as the Commission’s Chairperson Designate.
“Jobie is well qualified to serve the people of Hawaii and the constituents of the Hawaiian Homes Commission,” said Senate Majority Brickwood Galuteria, who serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs and Tourism. “I am confident that she has the vision and commitment to carry out the mission of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands.”
She began her career as a Budget Examiner in the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President of the United States. She returned to Hawaii in 1990 and worked as a Land Investment Analyst for the Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate. In 1993, she became a Project Manager for Hawaii Real Estate Research and Education Center at the University of Hawaii. Masagatani then served as Deputy to the Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission from 1995-2002.
Subsequently, she took a position as Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Queen's Health Systems where she was instrumental in developing the strategic plan to address Native Hawaiian health issues. Masagatani eventually returned to public service when she was hired as the Public Policy Program Manger at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the School of Education at Northwestern University and continued on to earn a Master's degree in Public Affairs/Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University.