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Crawford selected to lead Friends of NELHA


The Board of Directors of the Friends of NELHA has selected Sarah Crawford as its new executive director replacing Guy Toyama, who unexpectedly passed away in November.

“After an exhaustive search with many, many great candidates, I am so pleased to welcome Sarah Crawford aboard as the new Executive Director of the Friends of NELHA. We look forward to continuing the great work initiated by Guy Toyama,” Friends of NELHA Board Chairman David Kaapu said.

For the past 15 years, Crawford has been a Kona coffee farmer and an attorney in a small private practice, mediating disputes and counseling clients in the areas of technology and intellectual property licensing.

Prior to that, she served as general counsel for various companies in Silicon Valley and was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Crawford, a graduate of Stanford University and the University of San Francisco School of Law, brings extensive non-profit experience as a founder, chair, organizer, fundraiser, director and volunteer for various community organizations including West Hawaii Mediation Center, Hualalai Academy, Aloha Performing Arts Company, and the Chamber Orchestra of Kona.

A Super Blood Donor with the Blood Bank of Hawaii, Crawford received an outstanding achievement award from Stanford University, participated in the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce’s Ulumau Leadership Series, and received the Pookela Award from Hualalai Academy.

Friends of NELHA (FON) is an independent, volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and outreach programs at Keahole Point, where NELHA is recognized worldwide as a unique and innovative ocean research, business, and technology park.

FON’s mission is to provide education and outreach benefits which inspire a positive public perception of sustainability and self-sufficiency in research and business.

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