Capitol Consultants of Hawaii
We are Hawaii’s leading strategic government affairs and business solutions firm.We help our clients to successfully navigate Hawaii’s governmental and regulatory landscape by leveraging our networks and relationships with elected officials, government administrators, local business leaders and community influencers.We address our clients’ biggest challenges by delivering solutions that are driven by a strategic and comprehensive approach. With an intimate understanding and deep networks within Hawaii’s unique, diverse and interwoven communities, Capitol Consultants of Hawaii is your connection to government and so much more.
BRUCE COPPA has been one of Hawaii’s most effective leaders for years. As Chief of Staff to Governor Neil Abercrombie, he made the day to day decisions that ran the State Government of Hawaii during the Abercrombie Administration. He served as the Chair of the Cabinet, convened it’s weekly meetings, and the heads of all state government reported to him in his capacity of COO. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff in 2011, Bruce was the Comptroller of Hawaii. He had previously served as the original Executive Director of Hawaii’s largest union trust fund, Pacific Resource Partners, which is a joint Carpenters Union and unionized contractors organization, and arguably, the most successful political action committee in Hawaii. In addition, for over seventeen years, he was the Vice President of Operations, Marketing, and Planning, for E.E. Black, Ltd., a very large and successful construction firm that did business throughout the entire Pacific and South Pacific regions. He also, later, was Chief Operating Officer of Communications Pacific, a major public relations/communications firm in Hawaii. Bruce holds an MA degree in Business Administration Global Management, and a BS in Business Management. He is one of Hawaii’s most active servant leaders, holding, or having held volunteer positions on the Board of the YMCA, the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, trustee of the University of Hawaii Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of the East/West Foundation, the Hawaii March of Dimes, and the Hawaii Humane Society.
BLAKE OSHIRO may be the most competent, multi-faceted, policy leaders in Hawaii today. He served in the House of Representatives for eleven years where he was Majority Floor Leader for four years and Majority Leader for another four, serving in a leadership capacity almost from the beginning of his tenure. He also chaired or otherwise led committees relating to the environment, land use, labor, and criminal and constitutional law. He understands the Hawaii legislative process as well, or better, than any person alive. From 2011 until 2014, he served as the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff with a specific oversight brief of all matters pertaining to policy and the state executive budget. He was the Governors’s lead person in dealing with the state legislature, the county governments and the Hawaii Congressional delegation. A graduate of the William S. Richardson, School of Law, University of Hawaii, and the Kennedy School of Executive Education at Harvard University, he is an accomplished attorney of note, and the recipient of many professional awards for excellence, brilliance, and leadership on such issues as public interest, environmental, administrative, and constitutional law.
ROSS YAMASAKI is an established design strategist who deeply values the people and place of Hawaii. He is the primary responsible for the firm’s operations and development, and lead’s activities in the area of sustainability, environmental quality, and green technology. Prior to joining CCH, he was a partner at KYA Design Group where he practiced architecture for nearly 25 years. While there, he worked extensively with government on projects, was a leader in the development of the green building industry and founded a subsidiary that was one of Hawaii’s first sustainability consultancy firms. Outside of design, Ross is also passionately involved with Hawaii’s sports community. He played football for the University, opened a sports marketing firm that focused on Hawaii/Japan relations, and is the current chair of the Stadium Authority. Ross holds a M.S. degree in Architecture and a B.A. in Sociology both from the University of Hawaii and is actively involved with various community and professional organizations.