Commissioner Bios & Staff

The Commission is a five member body created by the 1973 legislature under Act 185. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor from a list of ten nominees submitted by the Judicial Council. The appointments are not subject to senatorial confirmation. Commissioners serve on a voluntary basis for a four-year term and may be reappointed for a second four-year term.


Bryan Luke, Chair

Bryan Luke is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Hawaii National Bank, a local community bank that specializes in serving individual account holders and locally owned, closely held businesses. A graduate of Punahou School, he received his BA from Amherst College and MBA from Harvard University. Bryan has served on a number of community boards including The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.

His term expires on June 30, 2023.

Gregory Shoda, Vice Chair

Gregory Shoda was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and attended Roosevelt High School. He matriculated at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned a BA in English, a MA in English literature, and a Professional Diploma in secondary education. He was drafted into the US Army and served in the field artillery in the Republic of Vietnam. Following service, he was employed with the federal government, mainly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). At the VA he supervised veterans benefits counseling; outreach to the military and itinerant services to the neighbor islands, Guam, and American Samoa; fiduciary services to incompetent veterans, and liaison with schools approved for veterans training in Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa. Since retiring, he has been a volunteer arithmetic tutor at Manana Elementary School.

His term expires on June 30, 2020.

Stanley Lum

Stanley Lum is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, the University of Hawaii, and Southwestern Seminary.  Prior to retiring from the Armed Services YMCA as Executive Director, he served as Assistant Headmaster and Director of Development at Le Jardin Academy and as Vice President for Financial Development at Hawaii Baptist Academy.  He is a founding board member of the Missing Child Center of Hawaii and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Sony Open.

His term expires on June 30, 2020.

Maryellen Markley, Ph.D.

Dr. Maryellen Markley is President of First Impressions, Inc., providing nonprofit strategic planning, board training, and grant writing for charities in Hawaii for over 25 years.  Prior to that, she worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. writing health care legislation, including portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Orphan Drug Act.  Maryellen currently volunteers on the Board for the Hawaii Disability Rights Center, and the Hawaii Professional Firefighters’ Foundation, and has served in a similar capacity for more than twenty-five other nonprofits in Hawaii since 1995.  Maryellen attended American University in Washington, D.C., and Honolulu University; and has earned an MBA, and a doctorate in social psychology.

Her term expires on June 30, 2021.

Russell Tsuji

Russell Tsuji is the Administrator of the Land Division at the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) which assists the Land Board in overseeing the management of approximately 1.3 million acres of state lands, including the shoreline area and Hawaiian waters.  Prior to joining DLNR in 2005, Mr. Tsuji was a Deputy Attorney General where he assisted the DLNR and other departments and agencies on a variety of legal matters.  And prior to joining the State in 2001, Mr. Tsuji was in private practice primarily focusing on commercial and real estate litigation.  He has a BBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a JD from Washburn Law School.

His term expires on June 30, 2023.

Commission Staff

The Commission staff consists of an executive director, associate director, general counsel, administrative assistant and elections assistant.

Executive Director – Kristin E. Izumi-Nitao
Associate Director – Tony Baldomero
General Counsel – Gary Kam
Elections Assistant – Ellisa Vendiola
Administrative Assistant – Yayoi Tumamao