Hawai‘i Community Foundation welcomes new director

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF), the state’s leading philanthropic institution in the state, announced today that Jen-L W. Lyman has joined the organization as the director of philanthropic partnerships.  

Courtesy: Jen-L W. Lyman

Lyman brings 14 years of experience at First Hawaiian Bank as the vice president and team leader in its personal trust division. She will be responsible for growing and evolving HCF’s professional advisor program and the Center for Professional Advisors. 

“Jen-L is well-known and highly regarded in the professional advisor community and will be a great asset to the Foundation,” says Micah Kāne, HCF president and CEO. “She was a top business developer in the trust division and has great working relationships with her clients and other advisors.”

The Kamehameha Schools graduate was an associate at Stirling & Kleintop before joining First Hawaiian Bank. Prior to that she served as a law clerk to Justice Robert G. Klein of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court. Currently, she sits on the boards of the Bishop Museum and Goodwill Industries. 

A graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Lyman earned her bachelor of arts degree in political science and her juris doctor degree from William S. Richardson School of Law. 

Congratulations, Jen-L!

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One thought on “Hawai‘i Community Foundation welcomes new director

  • November 21, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Hi Diane,
    My son has gotten a few scholarships from HCF and I’m very thankful.


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