Dr. Kealoha Fox
President & Senior Advisor, Institute for Climate & Peace
Thursday, June 16
8:30 am – 9:45 am – Future of the Gender-Based Violence Movement Roundtable
Kealoha Fox applies Indigenous innovation for collaborative solutions in business, science, and policy and is a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) scientist, practitioner, business leader, and advocate based in Hawai‘i. She is President & Senior Advisor to the Institute for Climate & Peace; an Obama Leader Asia Pacific with the Obama Foundation; Policy Co-Chair of The Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Response, Recovery & Resilience Team; and Hawai’i Feminist COVID-19 Response Team. She serves on the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Congress of American Indians, and Hawai‘i Budget & Policy Center, among many other community leadership roles.
Dr. Fox has published numerous articles, and editorials designing social well-being strategies with measurable impact in the Pacific. She is co-author of the books Mana Lāhui Kānaka: Mai nā kūpuna kahiko mai a hiki i kēia wā andHaumea: Transforming the Health of Native Hawaiian Women and Empowering Wāhine Well-Being focusing on Indigenous resilience through a Polynesia worldview. Following the immediate success of that publication, Kealoha helped co-convene Nā Lau A Hina– a wāhine collective aimed at healing, educating, elevating, and revitalizing our connections to the physical, spiritual and emotional pilina with other celebrated wāhine in business.
A graduate of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, she is the recipient of more than 50 awards and distinctions, including the 2020 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Snapshot of Innovation award to build a Culture of Health and named one of 20 leaders to follow for the next 20 years in 2022 by Hawaii Business Magazine. Here scholarship on the conceptualizations of illness and disease was published in 2022 by UNESCO in a book which honors of The International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL2022-2032). Each year, Kealoha mentors dozens of young women of color inside and outside of the academy and shares teachings at Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, and the University of Hawaiʻi, among others.
As a Native Hawaiian woman, Kealoha has been deeply and purposefully trained by esteemed community elders in traditional and customary Native Hawaiian practices and protocol such as ho‘oponopono, hāhā, and lā‘au lapa‘au. She is dedicated to mentoring young Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander leaders to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals and guides them during the school year and summer breaks. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her beloved ʻohana where you will often find them at the beach on the North Shore.
More important than any accolade or achievement, the roles she is most proud of in her story thus far is as a single mother, grateful daughter, and steadfast protector of the place she loves the most, Hawai‘i.