Our Team

Brent Kakesako
Executive Director
Brent feels humbled to co-learn alongside communities across Hawai'i and beyond and blessed with an awesome team he supports as best he can. He is driven by his family upbringing, the connection he feels to this place, and his initial eye opening community engagement experiences. Brent also dabbled in supporting the startup ecosystem, founded a small consulting business, coaches wrestling, and wipes out alot at Kewalo's. He received his J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law, an M.B.A. from the Shidler College of Business, and his Bachelors from Harvard University focused on the study of teams.
Keoki Noji
Chief Operating Officer
Keoki Noji is the Chief Operating Officer of HACBED and supervises the planning and execution of training and technical assistance activities. In addition, Keoki is responsible for grant writing, budgeting, and reporting. He has extensive experience and background with grant and project management, operation, and evaluation. Before coming to HACBED, Keoki was employed by the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program at Kapi‘olani Community College (KapCC) as the Marketing Coordinator.
Foley Pfalzgraf
AmeriCorps VISTA
Foley is excited to continue serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with HACBED for a second term. She values the opportunity to listen and learn from HACBEDʻs partners working towards justice in their communities. Foley completed an MSc from the University of Oxford in Geography with a dissertation focused on disaster preparedness in Vanuatu and how to incorporate elements of traditional knowledge. She obtained her BA from American University in International Studies and Anthropology and worked for a number of environmental NGOs in Washington, DC before joining HACBED.
Athena Esene
Administrative Assistant
Athena is HACBED's all star bookkeeper, ensuring that our accounting, administrative, and other behind-the-scenes needs are covered. She is also a proud wife and mother of three.
Alex Narrajos
AmeriCorps VISTA
Alex is happy to join the HACBED team as an AmeriCorps VISTA and inspired daily by HACBEDʻs staff, community partners, and Hawai'i itself. She is excited to learn deep listening skills, facilitation techniques, capacity building, and how to mālama 'āina. Alex completed a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2017 and has worked previously as an urban farmer and childrenʻs garden educator for community organizations in Chicago.

We mahalo the following former team members for their hard work and dedication:

Bob Agres · Paige Allen · Will Chen · Molly Chlebnikow · Jamie Cook · Ben Costigan · Brent Dillabaugh · Trung Doan · Anna Dorman · Kamuela Enos · Avemaoe Galeaʻi · Justin Fanslau · Maggie Flynn · Elwen Freitas · Sharde Freitas · Randy Gingras · Tony Hall · Hunter Heaivilin · John Higgins · Manish Joshi · Larissa Meinecke Kick · Derrick Kiyabu · James Koshiba · Malachi Krishok · Trevor La Torre-Couch · Vivienne Lee · Jay Mason · Gary Maunakea-Forth · Blake McElheny · Hermina Morita · Briana Monroe · Paula Nagao · Mika Okuno · Gaby Orantes · Tommy Otake · Vini Pabon · Kehau Padilla · Sang-Hyoun Pahk · Pi`ilani Pang · Joong-hee Park · Richard Pezzulo · Ethan Porter · David Rothwell · William Simmons · Padmendra Shrestha · Collin Siu · Susan Tamanaha · Lee Tokuhara · Hanale Vincent · David Washburn · Johnathan Yim