Ray C. Soon was appointed to the Board of Water Supply’s (BWS’s) Board of Directors in October 2017. Soon retired from public service in 2016 as the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu.
In that capacity, he focused on issues pertinent to land use planning and the physical assets of the City, in particular those focused on Clean Water and Natural Land acquisitions, evaluating development proposals to the City, park use and expansion, and the protection of water resources.
Prior to that position, Soon worked in both the private and public sector. He has previously served as Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and Vice President of Community Relations at Kamehameha Schools, and helped to found and manage the consulting firm Solutions Pacific.
Soon earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and a Masters of City Planning from Harvard University. Other board and commission memberships, past and present, include positions with the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (under President Bill Clinton), Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, the Native Hawaiian Water Rights Task Force, the Queen Liliuokalani Children Center, Ho‘okako‘o Charter School, Historic Hawaii Foundation, and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.
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