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Dawn Harflinger


As chief financial officer, Dawn oversees all financial, reporting, and regulatory affairs of the Trust.

She has broad investment portfolio responsibilities including asset allocation, manager selection, spending policy, and various Trust financial policy issues.  In addition, she has oversight of the Trust’s information technology, communications, human resources, and organizational development divisions.

Decades before joining the Trust in 2005, Dawn spent her childhood on a ranch along Oahu’s Waianae Coast, raising horses, cows, pigs and chickens.  When not buried in a book, she rode horses (even won a buckle at the local keiki rodeo), adopted stray animals (including a horse), and got into cowpie fights with her three siblings.  She also spent countless days at the beach with her large extended family.    

After more than 11 years in Catholic school, Dawn received an early release for good behavior and enjoyed the rest of her high school days at nearby Waipahu High School.  She received Bachelors degrees in both Business and English Literature from Pacific University in Oregon.

Managing the Trust’s investment portfolio is far less complicated than Dawn’s adventures in motherhood: she has four children, ages 14 to 20, the youngest being identical twin boys with more energy than most power plants.  She still takes in stray animals -- so far all have been dogs (Koa and Brownie-Mocha-Latte), although she'd love to find another lost horse!  If Dawn has any free time after being World’s Best Mom, she’ll be at the beach or pursuing her never-ending appetite for learning through travel, everyday adventures, and reading as many books as she possibly can.

Dawn is a CFA charterholder and the vice president of CFA Society Hawaii, a director for the Waikiki Improvement Association, and a member of the Urban Land Institute where she spent six years on its young leader executive committee.