Kimberly Miyazawa Frank, J.D., is the Morgridge Family Economic Security Innovator in Residence at Ascend. A leader with global experience enhanced by the Hawaiian values of the Aloha Spirit, her career has focused on improving the life trajectory of children, women, and families by leveraging expertise and relationships across all sectors — business, non-profit, government, and faith — in Hawaii and around the world.
Most recently the director of community development for Hawaii’s Department of Human Services, Miyazawa Frank led the statewide implementation of Ohana Nui. Based on the national 2Gen philosophy introduced by Ascend, DHS is transforming itself by establishing the principles of Ohana Nui as a new foundation to more effectively support families in achieving generational self-sufficiency.
Prior to joining DHS, Miyazawa Frank was senior vice president of community development for Pulama Lanai, managing the human services aspects of Larry Ellison’s vision of a sustainable Lanai. She previously served as chief executive officer of the YWCA of Oahu, had a business consultancy, and also worked with the global firms of the Gallup Organization and Towers Perrin. Miyazawa Frank began her career as a litigation attorney defending Fortune 500 companies in product liability lawsuits.
An active community volunteer, Miyazawa Frank serves on the boards of several local and national non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, NJ.