Jan Naoe Sullivan is the chief operating officer of Oceanit, a diversified engineering and tech company that is involved in aerospace, engineering, life sciences and information systems. Oceanit is dedicated to building a healthy, sustainable tech sector in the State of Hawaiʻi.
Prior to Oceanit, Sullivan was the director of the planning and zoning departments for the city and county of Honolulu, and oversaw the reorganization that created the current Department of Planning and Permitting. Prior to being at the city, Sullivan practiced law, representing a broad array of clients in the planning, environmental and land use processes, and managed large project development teams.
Sullivan graduated from the University Lab School, the University of Colorado and received her juris doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law. She is currently serving on the boards of the Hawaiʻi Nature Center, Enterprise Honolulu and various community organizations. She was also formerly the chair of the Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority, served on the Honolulu Charter Commission, was a founding member of the Mutual Housing Association of Hawaiʻi and has served on numerous non-profit boards and commissions.
Sullivan and her husband Patrick have two children, Matthew and Tarah. Matthew currently runs his own tech start up in San Francisco. Tarah is pursuing an advanced degree in nano-materials engineering at the University of California, San Diego.