‘Olelo Community Media’s Board of Directors has appointed Sanford Inouye ('76) president and chief executive officer effective Dec. 1.
In this position, Inouye will lead ‘Olelo’s efforts to expand and broaden quality services and programs, as well as encourage engagement within the communities served. He will also work to ensure the future of PEG [public, education, government] access for the entire O‘ahu community.
Angela Angel ('85, '88), who has been serving as interim president and chief executive officer, has been named vice-president and chief production officer, and will be focusing on production services, community relations and communication.
Inouye returns to Honolulu after spending 14 years in several leadership roles including vice-president of government affairs with Comcast in Oregon/SW Washington and Central California. In those positions, he was responsible for franchise negotiations, ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements and building positive partnerships with community organizations, civic leaders, and government officials and agencies.
Inouye was also the staff attorney in the Cable Television Division of the State of Hawai‘i’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, where he provided regulatory oversight of cable companies conducting business in the state. While there, he facilitated the development and growth of PEG-access providers such as ‘Olelo by negotiating their operating and capital support.
Other previous positions include associate attorney at the local firm Price Okamoto Himeno & Lum, arbitrator at the State of Hawai‘i’s Court Annex Program, assistant planner and district manager at the Honolulu Community Action Program and researcher in the Legislative Reference Bureau.
“Sanford is a seasoned leader with decades of legal and regulatory expertise in the communications industry. With a deep understanding of local culture and a commitment to community access to media, we believe that he is the right person to lead ‘Olelo and ensure that O‘ahu’s voices will always be heard,” said Nelson Lau, board chair.
Inouye was born and raised in Honolulu. He is a graduate of Kaimuki High School and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he received a bachelor of business education. He received his juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law and is a member of the Hawai‘i Bar Association.
For more information, visit www.olelo.org.