Workshop Session #1A
9:45 AM - 10:40 AM Sat
David Sun-Miyashiro is the founding executive director of HawaiiKidsCAN, a non-profit organization that partners with families and community members to promote education innovation and equity in Hawaii. Highlights in this role have included passing legislation to increase access to computer science education and career readiness programs, creating the We Are Voices of Excellence youth advocacy program, and launching innovations such as Wifi on Wheels, Lanai Ohana Pods, Spark & Inspire, Wahine Processing Power, and the Hawaii Education Innovation Showcase.
David is a proud fourth-generation Hawaii resident. He is experienced in the education, non-profit, government, and political sectors, including as a local public school special education teacher through Teach For America-Hawaii, press secretary for U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, communications director for the Ann Callis for Congress campaign, and manager of external affairs and executive director support with Teach For America-Hawaii.
David’s board service has included the Treasurer of the Kailua Neighborhood Board, Common Cause Hawaii, Vice Chair of the Hawaii ACT Council, James Campbell High School’s Academy of Public and Human Services, Hawaii Workforce Development Council’s Youth Service Committee, The Computer Science Teachers Association Hawaii Chapter leadership team, and the Friends of Hawaii Technology Academy, as well as numerous Hawaii State Department of Education stakeholder groups. He is an alumnus of the Weinberg Fellows program and PIE Network Leadership Institute. Recognitions include being recognized as one of the 2022 “20 for the Next 20” by Hawaii Business Magazine, the 2018 and 2021 CAN-Do Awards from the 50CAN Network, and finalist for the 2021 Champions for Children Award from the Hawaii Children’s Action Network.
David holds a bachelors degree from Brandeis University and masters degrees from the University of Hawaii and Harvard Graduate School of Education.