Ms. Yamada is responsible for creating a center for innovation whose mission is to educate students to think entrepreneurially and support University innovators.
She served for nine years as the Executive Director of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at the University of Hawaii, after leading two startup companies in Silicon Valley and one in Hawaii.
Ms. Yamada is currently interested in the diversification of Hawaii’s economy through the creation of high-growth, entrepreneurial companies. She was a founding member of the Hawaii Angels, a network of high net worth individuals who invest in start-up companies and an active mentor and investor in Hawaii-based, start-up companies.
Ms. Yamada currently serves on the boards of KCAA Preschools,The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship, Pacific Guardian Life, and The Queen’s Health Systems.
Ms. Yamada grew up in Hawaii, graduated from James B. Castle High School, and earned a BBA degree from the University of Hawaii and an MBA degree from San Jose State University. She has two children and enjoys golfing, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.