Board of Directors
Raised in the rural US South with genealogical ties to the forests and coastal areas of lands now known North Carolina and Virginia, Dr. Akiemi Glenn is a Honolulu-based scholar and culture worker. As a linguist who works in Indigenous language revitalization, filmmaker, artist, and cultural practitioner, Akiemi’s work engages concepts of culture, race, and belonging at the intersections of art, social justice, and education. She is the founder and executive director of the Pōpolo Project, a community organization whose mission is to redefine what it means to be Black in Hawai‘i through cultivating connections between individuals, our communities, our ancestors, and the land, highlighting the vivid, complex diversity of Black cultures and identities in the Pacific and around the world.
Treasurer and Director
Amber's documentary short film Finding Dohi (2020) screened at numerous film festivals worldwide, including the Hawaii International Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Amber's commitment to elevating the roles of women in the film industry is evident through her involvement on the board of Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking. She has been an educator since 2015, teaching English and Japan-Hawai‘i history to international students at Kaua‘i Community College. Currently pursuing a PhD in American Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, she is dedicated to furthering her knowledge and professional development.
President and Director
Anne Weber-Yarbrough is committed to community and equity-- she is a non-profit leader, entrepreneur, and educator with a strong drive toward social impact and equitable outcomes. She believes that everyone has a role to play in this work and strives for this vision in her personal life, volunteer roles, and professional life. She is currently the Managing Director of Regional Initiatives at Teach For America Hawaiʻi, a national non-profit dedicated to the vision that one day all children will receive an excellent and equitable education.
Vice-President and Director
Hilary Hacker has a master’s degree in Strategic Communications and a bachelor’s degree in Community Organizing. She has worked at Kapi'olani Community College since 2017 with the Community Health Worker Certificate Program as a lecturer and program coordinator and is is now the Director of the Community Health Education Program. Hilary has worked in the grassroots and social services sphere of community health in many capacities, from outreach worker to health and community educator. She has worked with communities throughout the West Coast, Hawai'i and internationally from Guatemala to Palestine with a focus on humanizing complex global issues including immigrant, indigenous, land and water rights. She uses platforms as diverse as writing, photography, mural design, videography, web and graphic design. She is fluent in Spanish. Hilary is also a Co-Founder and Producer with Sovereign Lens LLC and is on the board of Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking.
Secretary and Director
Imani Altemus-Williams (she/her) is a freelance writer and emerging documentary producer. Raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Imani received a BA in Global Studies from the New School University and MA in Indigenous Journalism at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences. She serves on the board of directors of The Pōpolo Project and Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, is a fellow with The Peace Studio and was previously a fellow with the International Documentary Associations’ Documentary Magazine.
Kathryn brings over a decade of experience in strategic communications and marketing across the nonprofit, journalism, consulting, and education sectors. She has built her career in copywriting, event planning, project management, and fundraising, while integrating her love for impactful visual storytelling using photography and videography. One of her life goals is to attend all film festivals -- she's about four along (SFIFF, TIFF, Sundance, and Napa)! After a lifetime of moves as a Navy Brat in Virginia, Boston, Seattle, Monterey, and the San Francisco Bay Area, she is excited to make Oahu home. In her spare time, she is writing multiple books, hoping to finish a half marathon this year, and loves hiphop dance classes.
Katie Kaahanui is heart-led, community driven, and especially passionate about sharing the stories of those reentering into society post-incarceration. Holding a BA In Justice Administration, an MS in Criminal Justice and currently pursuing an MSCP/Mental Health degree, Katie is a strong advocate for transformative individual healing on a mind, body, soul and community level. She currently serves as the Workforce Development Manager at the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, where she works to increase access and widen opportunities for Hawaii residents in the areas of employment, education, and professional development. She's also a volunteer in Oahu's prison systems serving as an academic tutor. A graduate of the Patsy T. Mink Leadership Program, Katie strongly believes in the power that comes with community support, encouragement, and safe spaces of self expression. She remains committed to sharing the diverse stories and experiences of those who are impacted by the justice system.
Kim Kamaluokeakua Moa was born on Maui and raised in ʻEwa Moku on Oʻahu. A documentary photographer by trade, Kim has a passion for social justice and visual storytelling through an ʻōiwi lens. She worked as a freelance photographer in Boston, New York, and Hawai’i for several years after attending Boston University College of Communication for a master’s program in photojournalism. Kim's love of photography began 20+ years ago in the B&W photo lab in the basement of Midkiff Library at Kamehameha Schools. A veteran graduate of KS, where she attended from K-12 grade, Kim also holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art & psychology from the University of Puget Sound. She is currently the Communications Director at the ACLU of Hawaiʻi where she champions storytelling that centers the voices of those most impacted and elevates those most marginalized. Prior to the ACLU, Kim worked with Kuaʻaina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA), a local nonprofit that empowers grassroots community advocacy and environmental stewardship by supporting natural resource management networks working toward ʻāina momona – rich abundant, productive land and waters that support community wellbeing. She spent 9 years documenting the work of mālama ʻāina practitioners with KUA and 6 years as their Communications Coordinator. In her work uplifting the stories of communities across the paeʻāina, she has been especially interested in cultivating a journalism/communications practice that honors cultural protocols and indigenous values rooted in mālama for that which feeds our communities. In her current work, she strives to empower others to tell their own stories and manifest a vision of abundance in their own lives, for their ʻohana, and for all Hawai’i peoples and places. She believes our collective work is to make the world a more just, equitable, and abundant place for our children and generations to follow.