Procurement Policy Board Members
Elizabeth Webb, Chair
Elizabeth is a Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) and has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of contract and subcontract management. In her position with Environmental Chemical Corporation, she oversees the entire process of contract administration including market research, sourcing, contract type, cost proposals, scoping, risk analysis, conflict of interest, negotiations, cost and pricing data, contract execution, subcontracting, small business socioeconomic goals, audits, claims, and closeout. She has extensive knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DF AR), Contractors Purchasing System Review (CPSR), and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). Experienced throughout Hawaii, Guam, Pacific Region, Korea, Japan, Alaska, and the the U.S., providing a thorough background in a variety of contracts and subcontract administration subjects.
Kathy Suzuki-Kitagawa, Vice Chair
Kathy is the Chief Operating Officer of the Hawaii Primary Care Association (HPCA), which is a private, nonprofit organization, dedicated to fostering primary health care for all Hawaii residents. The principal members of HPCA are nonprofit, multi-service Community Health Centers and Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems that are founded and governed by the communities they serve. She has been with HPCA for 13 years.
Kathy received her Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Hawaii. She lives on the island of Maui, where she was born and raised.
Curt T. Otaguro
Curt has been appointed to serve as the state comptroller, a position that concurrently serves as head of the Department of Accounting and General Services. He was most recently the executive vice president and division manager of the digital banking division, First Hawaiian Bank, where he spent most of his career in various positions of increasing responsibility. He has experience in personal and e-banking, retail and electronic banking, management and customer service. Curt earned a Bachelor of Science in management from the University of Redlands.
Lena Mobin Cullison
Lena has worked in Strategic Procurement for Hawaiian Airlines since 2013 and is currently the Corporate Services Category Manager, Strategic Procurement. Her experience includes working as the Contracts Specialist and In-House Counsel for Alternate Energy Inc.; as a legal intern for the Environmental Law Center, International Union for Conservation of Nature in Germany; Conservation, Nature Iraq in Iraq; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Honolulu; and in legal positions for a number of law firms in Honolulu.
Lena has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business, a Juris Doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Gary is the Chief of Staff to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. He was previously the Deputy Director of the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services. Gary has worked for the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services for the past 27 years, and for 16 of those years, he was Administrator of the Real Property Assessment Division. He is a licensed Certified General Appraiser with extensive knowledge in government processes and management, was named Manager of the Year for the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services in 2008 and 1999, and has been instrumental in crafting the city’s operating and capital improvement budgets over the past four years. Kurokawa graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Prior to joining the city, he was vice president of GK Appraisals, Inc. and worked in residential and commercial valuation for Uyetake & Associates.
Jim is a Procurement Analyst for the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and Program Manager for all small business concerns relating to the mission of the Army Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC) located in Alabama, and the 413th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. He is responsible for planning, directing, and monitoring programs that will increase ECC’s prime contract awards and subcontracting awards to small business firms at the 413th CSB. In addition, James provides counsel and support for the Command’s Small Business Program, and advises acquisition professional of procurement opportunities to enhance levels of small business participation within various areas of the OSBP.
Jim received a Master’s in Arts in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Golden Gate University, and a Professional Certification/Minor in Human Resources from Golden Gate University.