Staff and Board of Directors


Dr. Akiemi Glenn, Executive Director

Akiemi is the founder and executive director of the Pōpolo Project. With genealogical ties to the forest and coastal areas currently known as North Carolina and Virginia, she is a PhD linguist whose research and work in Indigenous language revitalization in the Pacific and community-based culture education centers the experience of diaspora and the potential of radical connection for profound change.


Jamila Jarmon, Board Chair

Jamila was raised in Honolulu and is a graduate of the George Washington University and William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. As a practicing attorney, Jamila has experience in civil litigation, real estate, poverty law, and environmental law.  She has served on numerous boards and worked with many community organizations, including the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawai‘i and at the Domestic Violence Action Center. She is currently the Special Projects Manager at Elemental Excelerator, a clean tech growth accelerator based in Honolulu.  

Rechung Fujihira

Rechung, born and raised in Honolulu, is CEO and co-founder of BoxJelly, Hawai‘i’s first coworking space. He is a successful entrepreneur whose experience in business start ups has developed his expertise in setting the vision and direction of organizations of various sizes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international trade and finance from Chaminade University.


Dwight Witlarge

Dwight was born in Guyana and raised in Montserat and Los Angeles, California and moved to Hawai‘i in 2005. He has been in the financial service industry since 2011 and holds three bachelor degrees in Business (Entrepreneurship, Finance, and International Business) from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business. He worked for several start up companies during his college career and is the principal at a successful investing firm, Avenir Alliance, LLC.