East-West Center Welcomes Courtney Sakai as New Vice President of Development


HONOLULU (July 12, 2017) -- Following an extensive executive search, the East-West Center is pleased to welcome Ms. Courtney Sakai as the Center’s new Vice President of Development.

Ms. Sakai has an accomplished background in fundraising, business planning and institutional development for nonprofit, corporate and government organizations in Washington, D.C. and California, as well as broad international experience. Most recently she was Senior Vice President of Global Development for Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation.

Sakai joined the Center at the beginning of July. She will assist East-West Center President Richard R. Vuylsteke in building upon the Center’s established legacy as a preeminent organization focused on the Asia-Pacific region. Sakai will lead new institutional strategies for marketing and communications and for diversifying the institution’s funding base among public and private donors and partners in the United States and internationally.

“Courtney comes to the East-West Center with a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as  the kind of flexibility, agility and creative thinking needed to help move the Center forward and ensure its mission is vigorously achieved through its education, training and professional development, research, and conferencing activities,” Vuylsteke said. “We’re excited to have her aboard.”