PRSA Hawaii's May's program features a panel discussion with traditional and web-based community building practitioners. Panelists will discuss how both web technologies and traditional strategies can be employed to build community support, overcome opposition and gain community consent.
Christina Kemmer is president of Communications Pacific. With her enormous experience in handling tough issues and an enviable record of achieving results, client service is Christina's primary responsibility. Christina joined Communications Pacific in 1997 and immediately began creating a new practice - community building, designed to assist clients whose projects lie at the point, often at the grass roots, where government, community, culture, environment and business need to come together.
CommPac's team has been working with both government and private sector clients on a variety of construction and development projects, as well as cultural issues, that require gaining the trust of and communicating intensively with communities throughout the state. They have compiled an enviable record of building win-win civic, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes on the ground common to groups that often have remarkably differing missions.
Born & raised in Honolulu, Emi Hart is Honolulu's Community Manager for Yelp.com. Her past positions include Managing Partner of Pearl Ultralounge, Marketing Manager for the Ocean Club and co-founder of shopping event company Fashionista's Market.
An entrepreneur at heart and mother of two, Emi is also a singer and songwriter working on her first album release in Fall 2010.
Jody Shiroma Perreira is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Aloha United Way, a non-profit organization that raises approximately $16 million annually in its local and federal campaign. She is responsible for overseeing its marketing, branding and communications' efforts. In addition, she also helped to develop the organization's Society of Young Leaders, a group of 20-45 year olds who serve in a volunteer capacity with the organization.