Obama Appointee, Kanazawa, Stepping Down from USDA Post

December 28, 2016, 6:38 AM HST · Updated December 29, 12:35 PM
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Chris Kanazawa State Director for Hawaii and Western Pacific steps down from post at end of year.

White House appointee under President Obama’s Administration, Chris Kanazawa, announced his departure from his position as State Director for US Department of Agriculture Rural Development at the end of 2016.

Kanazawa was appointed to his post in February 2010, supported by recommendations from the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and retired Sen. Daniel Akaka.

As one of 47 Rural Development State Directors across the nation, Kanazawa has been responsible for investments in Hawaiʻi, American Samoa and the Western Pacific regions.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants for a variety of purposes including home loans and repairs, water and wastewater infrastructure, business assistance, utilities, renewable energy, and essential public facilities in rural communities.

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During Kanazawa’s tenure he facilitated nearly $3 billion in financial assistance across Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

“For the past seven years, it has been my honor and privilege to serve President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and help improve the quality of life and increase economic opportunities for families and rural communities in Hawaiʻi, American Samoa, and the Western Pacific,” said Kanazawa.

Prior to Kanazawa’s appointment, his professional career included holding President and CEO positions with Amfac/JMB Hawaii, Coldwell Banker Pacific Commercial Properties, and Parker Ranch, Inc.

Kanazawa did not indicate any future plans upon his departure from USDA.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, offers programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

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