Kelvin H. Taketa is the former President and CEO of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) – the largest foundation in the state that works with individuals, families, foundations, government agencies, and organizations to transform lives and improve our communities.
Prior to becoming Senior Fellow on July 1, 2017, Kelvin served as the CEO and President at HCF for 19 years. Under his tenure, the Foundation became the leader in facilitating charitable investments in Hawai’i and earned the distinction as a trusted community resource on charitable trends and best practices in Hawai’i. In addition, the Foundation launched several major initiatives with a coalition of local and national funders and government agencies to address critical issues, as well as developed grant programs that led to national recognition. In 2016, the Foundation administered more than $50 million in grants to support programs and initiatives in Hawai’i. A national leader and commentator about philanthropy and nonprofit organizations, Kelvin has been recognized by The Non-Profit Times as one of the “50 most powerful and influential people” in the sector and featured in the GiveSmart.org website on philanthropy.
Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Kelvin graduated from Colorado College and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law. Since graduating from law school, he has spent his entire career as a non-profit executive while also working in the private sector.
He helped found The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii as its Executive Director and then managed the fundraising, government relations and communications functions for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the largest conservation organization in the world, out of its headquarters in Washington, DC. He then led the creation of TNC’s programs in the Asia/Pacific Region which helped build the leadership capacity of non-profit organizations and government agencies, launched compatible economic enterprises and worked on the reform of multinational and bilateral economic aid and policy throughout the region. Over his 18 year career at TNC, Kelvin received several national awards for his conservation leadership.
Kelvin also founded and managed Sunrise Capital, LLC, a multi-million dollar private equity company focused on aquaculture ventures in Hawaii. He has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards including his current service on Hawaiian Electric Industries and as its Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, Hawaiian Electric Company, the Hawaii Leadership Forum, the Stupski Foundation in San Francisco, and Feeding America. He previously served on the Board of the Independent Sector in Washington, D.C., Grove Farm (Kauai) and the founding boards of two other national organizations, Sustainable Conservation and Civic Ventures, now Encore.org.