Ms. Sherlyn Franklin Goo
Ms. Sherlyn Franklin Goo is one of three founding members of INPEACE and the second vice president of the board of directors. Ms. Goo saw the need for a Native Hawaiian, community-based educational nonprofit agency to improve the quality of life for the indigenous peoples of Hawaiʻi. Ms. Goo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. For more than twenty years, Ms. Goo worked at Kamehameha Schools in several capacities, including principal of Kamehameha Elementary School, assistant to the president, federal relations officer, and director of the Early Education Division. She is a Native Hawaiian who has lived the majority of her life on Oʻahu.
Under her leadership, INPEACE grew from a small grassroots community organization to one serving thousands of Native Hawaiians in their communities. The programs offered range from parent–child interactive preschool programs to higher education. The development of unique partnerships and a strong commitment to community characterizes the work of INPEACE and its leadership. In that regard, Ms. Goo has been honored with two prestigious awards: the Ke Kukui Mālamalama Award (an honor of excellence in Hawaiian education issued by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs) and the University of Hawaiʻi – Mānoa College of Education’s Recognition Dinner to celebrate partnerships in education, a special recognition of INPEACE’s Ka Lama Education Academy on the Leeward Coast. Currently, Ms. Goo serves on the Native Hawaiian Education Council, Good Beginnings Alliance, and the Mary Castle Community Advisory Council.