Procurement Policy Board Members
Gary Kurokawa, Vice Chair
Gary is the former Chief of Staff to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and 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.
Curt T. Otaguro, Secretary
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.
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.
Vacant Board Positions
The following positions are vacant.
- Health & Human Services – A
- Health & Human Services – B
- Certified Procurement Professional