UH Hilo alumna Victoria Hanes selected as Omidyar Fellow

The local fellowship program cultivates Hawaiʻi leaders with the skills to collectively affect societal change.

By Susan Enright.

Victoria Hanes pictured.
Victoria Hanes

The Hawaiʻi Leadership Forum today announced Victoria Hanes, an alumna of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo pharmacy program, has been selected as one of 16 local leaders joining the ninth cohort of the Omidyar Fellows program.

Following a rigorous application process, members of the cohort were selected from the for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors based on their accomplishments, innovative skills, ability to collaborate with other leaders, and motivation to make a positive difference.

“We are excited to bring back this unique opportunity for emerging leaders to engage in impactful discussions, learn from one another, and help make Hawaiʻi even better,” says AJ Halagao, president of Hawaiʻi Leadership Forum. “We strive to develop, engage, and inspire leaders to drive impact and catalyze positive change.”

Hanes is a licensed clinical psychologist and chief operating officer at the Hawaiʻi Island Community Health Center. As COO, she works with leadership across several divisions of the health center to support the mission of the health center “promoting lifelong health and wellness through quality healthcare that is comprehensive, integrated, culturally responsive and accessible to all.”

Hanes started her career as a staff psychologist at the West Hawaiʻi Community Health Center in 2010 and then served as director of the behavioral health department for four years before moving into the role of chief operating officer.

Hanes received her master of arts and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University Hawaiʻi and a master of science in clinical psychopharmacology from the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH Hilo.

She completed internship and post-doctoral fellowships at I Ola Lāhui Rural Hawaiʻi Behavioral Health Training Program where she worked in rural communities across Hawaiʻi.

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Story by Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.

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