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Posted on: January 30, 2024

Mayor Bissen announces appointment of new Director of Public Affairs

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Mayor Richard Bissen announced today that Mahina Martin, his Chief of Communications and Public Affairs, will take on a new role as Director of Public Affairs.

“These past several months have brought to the forefront a greater need and a tremendous opportunity to work even closer with our communities. As we intensify our focus on recovery and rebuild efforts for Lahaina Town, it will also be important to remain connected and engaged with all our communities on Maui, Molokai, and Lanai,” said Mayor Bissen. “Mahina has helped to steer our inaugural year marked by a number of complex public issues and unprecedented natural disasters. Her decades-long commitment to community well-being and her leadership in the public and private sectors will be valuable as we navigate forward, bringing together the combined strength of community and government.”

Mayor Bissen has appointed his legislative liaison and executive assistant, Laksmi Abraham, as Director of Communications and Government Affairs. “With her extensive experience in government, private, and public organizations, Laks will continue to be an exceptional contributor to our team,” Mayor Bissen said. “Her commitment to excellence and strong leadership are key factors in her selection and I look forward to working with her in her new role.”

A graduate of Maui High School, Abraham earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University. She is a Weinberg Fellow and was named Maui Non-Profit Executive Director of the Year in 2015 by the Maui Non-Profit Director’s Association. Following eighteen successful years as President and Chief Professional Officer for Maui United Way, Abraham served as the Community Program Manager for the Blue Zones Project-Central Maui before joining the County of Maui’s Office of Council Services as a legislative analyst in 2020. In 2023, Mayor Bissen appointed her to serve as his legislative liaison to oversee communication and coordination with Federal, State and County elected officials and policy makers.

The change will be effective February 1, 2024.

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