Jan Naoe Sullivan is the Chief Operating Officer of Oceanit, and oversees corporate wide operations, which include administration, accounting, contracting, legal. human resources, and proposals/ marketing.
Jan manages Oceanit, which has grown to include a broad array of engineers, scientists and highly technical staff in facilities that span from Hawai’i to Washington D.C. At Oceanit, she established an internal Innovation Fund for high risk, early stage R&D, helped to spin-out new start-up companies, and has managed the growth of the company’s intellectual property portfolio.
Prior to Oceanit, Jan was the director of the Planning and Zoning Departments for the City & County of Honolulu, and oversaw the reorganization that created the current Department of Planning and Permitting. Prior to being at the City, she practiced law, representing a broad array of clients in the planning, environmental and land use processes, and managed large project development teams.
Jan received her B.A. from the University of Colorado, and Juris Doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law. She serves on the Board of Regents for the University of Hawai’i, and the boards of the Hawaii Nature Center (prior Chair), Enterprise Honolulu and various community organizations. She was formerly the Chair of the Hawai’i Community Development Authority, served on the Honolulu Charter Commission, was a founding member of the Mutual Housing Association of Hawai’i and has served on numerous non-profit boards and commissions.
Jan and her husband Patrick have two children. Their family is a living example of the belief in STEM careers. Matthew majored in physics and earned a masters degree in Engineering and Design Thinking from Stanford. He currently runs his own tech start-up in San Francisco, but ultimately plans to bring his experience back to Hawai’i. Tarah received her degree in Mechanical Engineering and is attending graduate school to pursue an advanced degree in Nano-Materials Engineering.