Ellise Fujii was born and raised on Maui and is a proud alumna of the island’s public school system.
Ellise’s career has centered on non-profit public relations, marketing, community outreach, and fund development. Most recently, she was Director of Development and Marketing at the Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council, serving Scouts in the Hawaii-Pacific region.
Prior to that, she was Director of Development and Public Relations for the foreign policy think tank Pacific Forum, which operated as the Honolulu-based arm of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She was a member of the organization’s internationally recognized Young Leaders Program and concurrently held a fellowship for her research on freshwater policy.
She holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a B.A. in International Business from the University of Puget Sound. She also spent a year studying at the University of Melbourne, Australia in the Faculty of Economics and Commerce. Ellise serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Aloha Chapter and is the current Membership Chair.