Maile Keliʻipio-Acoba, Chief Executive Officer
Maile Keli‘ipio-Acoba is the Chief Executive Officer for the Institute for Native Pacific Education & Culture (INPEACE) where she is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the statewide Native Hawaiian agency and oversees all programmatic implementation, fund development and reporting activities. Through her leadership, INPEACE effectively serves high need Native Hawaiian communities with early childhood education, workforce development, and Hawaiian cultural programs.
Maile has over 30 years of experience in diverse areas of social service management and program design in Hawai‘i and Washington State. She is committed to grassroots approaches that address community needs and seeking solutions to complex issues by determining root causes and relying upon community and indigenous knowledge. She is focused on using data for the continual improvement of services and to ensure impact through measurable outcomes in Native Hawaiian communities.
Prior to her work with INPEACE, Maile was a Project Manager at Kamehameha Schools responsible for the design and conception of the Community Learning Center in Mā‘ili, served as a County Director of Human Services in Washington State, and as the Community Services Director for a Community Action Agency. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a Bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies.
Mā‘ili is Maile’s childhood home, where she continues to live and work in the community. She and her husband Darren are avid sports fans, and enjoy going to high school and college football and baseball games. Maile enjoys hiking and outdoor activities, and is always reinvigorated by the ocean. She has four children: Mitchell, Nākoa, Ka‘imipono, and Kylie.