Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) announces the appointment of Katherine Ann Leilani Tuider as the first Executive Director.
“On behalf of the board of directors, we could not be more enthusiastic about Katherineʻs appointment as our Executive Director. Her passion for the arts and education, coupled with her strong business acumen and background in community work make her an outstanding leader and we are confident she will grow HBF sustainably and with vision” shares Taiji Terasaki, Board President of HBF.
Originally from Hawai’i, Tuider has a multifaceted business, development, and arts background, especially in donor development, financial management, grant writing and fine arts. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, she wrote successful grant proposals in Spanish and English, and helped manage a $1 million budget in order to organize over 20 health conferences. Tuider was also an International Recruiter in Washington, DC for CARANA Corporation, where she recruited teams for USAID, DFID, MCC and World Bank-funded international development proposals and specialized in recruiting for projects up to $90 million in economic growth, monitoring and evaluation, health, natural resource management, tourism and art. An innovative tourism specialist, Tuider created, owned and operated Anti-Tour, a socially conscious travel company that provided personalized adventures to Dominican Republic. She is also the author of Dominican Republic (Other Places Travel Guide, 2012).
“I am delighted to grow our commitment to highlighting the artistic talents of Hawaiʻi and the unique place of our islands in the world through the global platform that Honolulu Biennial provides. Equally important is providing meaningful educational programs for our local audience during the Biennial and throughout the year. I look forward to building on the successes we have achieved and ensuring that Honolulu Biennial is at the forefront of innovation as a major art festival of international acclaim, continuing to have a significant economic impact on our state’s economy, offering enduring value for our local communities,” shares Tuider.
Tuider, who is one of the co-founders of HBF previously served as Director, a role she shared with co-founder Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, who will be moving into the role of Innovation Director.
Honolulu Biennial debuted in 2017, welcoming nearly 100,000 visitors and having an economic impact of $35.5 million. The next Honolulu Biennial will run from March 8 – May 5, 2019 across various sites on Oʻahu, as well as expanding with a presence on Hawaiʻi Island.