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Schatz Fills Key Staff Positions in Lieutenant Governor’s Office

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HONOLULU, HI - Lieutenant Governor-Elect Brian Schatz today named Kimberley Wong Yoshimoto as his chief of staff and Malia Oshima Paul as his deputy chief of staff.

“I appreciate the confidence Lieutenant Governor-Elect Schatz has in me and am honored to be a part of his team,” said Yoshimoto.

Yoshimoto was born and raised in Honolulu. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University and a law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Yoshimoto was co-chair and campaign coordinator for Schatz’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor. Yoshimoto is an attorney and was previously corporate counsel at Colliers Monroe Friedlander, a commercial real estate asset manager for Bank of Hawaii’s Trust Division and a real estate attorney at the law firm of Imanaka Kudo & Fujimoto. Yoshimoto and her husband Dean have two young children.

Paul was also born and raised in Honolulu. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Southern California and a law degree from Santa Clara University.

Paul played a key role in Schatz’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor. Paul is a licensed attorney in Hawaii and California. Prior to the campaign, she was an attorney at the Santa Clara County Superior Court and a law clerk at the State of Hawaii Circuit Court. She has been active in local Hawaii political and community affairs and has two young children with her husband Scott.

“Ms. Yoshimoto and Ms. Paul are talented individuals and I’m thrilled that they are going to help me to work with Governor Elect Abercrombie in bringing a new day for Hawaii,” Schatz said.