John Henry Felix was named to the Board of Directors and elected Chairman and CEO in 2006. He has had a distinguished career in business, government, labor-management relations, community service, diplomacy and education spanning over five decades. Dr. Felix served as Chief of Staff to the first Governor of the State of Hawaii. President Reagan appointed him U.S. Representative to the South Pacific Commission. He has chaired more than a dozen state and county boards and commissions and served for 16 years on the Honolulu City Council. A Menlo College alumnus (’49), he holds two Oxford M.A. degrees (Harris Manchester College). At Oxford, he is Fellow, Vice President, and a member of Congregation and the Chancellor’s Court, is a retired business faculty member, and is a Life Member of the Oxford Union.
An Eagle Scout, he has headed the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Red Cross (internationally, nationally and locally), Boy Scouts’ Aloha Council, March of Dimes (nationally and locally), Consular Corps of Hawaii, Hawaii Public Radio (founder), Young Presidents Organization, Civil Air Patrol (Hawaii Wing Commander), Junior Achievement, and Academy of the Pacific; he is currently Chair-CEO of Abilities Unlimited. He is the Honorary Consul of Portugal and Honorary Vice Consul of Spain and has served as Chair of the Plaza Club.
Dr. Felix holds a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration and has written six books and numerous articles on governance and volunteer development. He has received numerous awards locally, nationally, and internationally.