Meet the Commissioners
Linda Hamilton Krieger
Chairperson (term 2011-2015)
Linda Hamilton Krieger grew up in Hawai‘i and returned home in 2007 to join the faculty at the William S. Richardson School of Law as a Professor of Law and Director of the Ulu Lehua Scholars Program. Professor Krieger received a BA degree from Stanford University and is a graduate of New York University Law School. Prior to teaching, Professor Krieger worked for 13 years as a civil rights lawyer. From 1980-1986 she was a Staff Attorney and Director of Clinical Programs at the Employment Law Center of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, and from 1985-1991 she was a Senior Staff Attorney for the EEOC, San Francisco Regional Office. During that period, she litigated a number of significant state and federal sex and race discrimination cases in the areas of pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment. She also played a significant role in drafting state and federal legislation in these subject matter areas. Professor Krieger has also published numerous articles on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, disability discrimination, affirmative action, international comparative equality law and policy, and theories of law and social change.
Kim Coco Iwamoto
Commissioner, (term 2012-2016)
Kim Coco Iwamoto is property manager/owner of Affordable Quality Apartment Rentals (dba AQuA Rentals, LLC). She most recently served the people of Hawai`i as an elected member of the State Board of Education from December 2006 – April 2011. Prior to this, Ms. Iwamoto was Managing Attorney at Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii and a volunteer at Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Iwamoto interned at the Hawai`i Intermediate Court of Appeals, the New Mexico Supreme Court, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the Hawai`i Civil Rights Commission.
Ms. Iwamoto was born on the island of Kauai and raised on Oahu. She is a graduate of St. Louis High School, received her BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and her Juris Doctorate from University of New Mexico.
Wallace T. Fukunaga
Commissioner, (term 2012-2016)
Wallace Fukunaga is currently the Interim Executive Director of the Counseling and Spiritual Care Center of Hawaii. Prior to this, Rev. Fukunaga was a campus minister and lecturer at UH Manoa and was active in several land, anti-war and civil rights issues. Later Rev. Fukunaga became a legislative liaison for the Honolulu Community Action Program, advocating on behalf of the poor, and was an entrepreneur, serving as President of the self-start corporation, Northshore Resources, Inc., which was named “Small Business of the Year” by WorkHawaii.
In 1990 he returned to the ministry and served various congregations on Oahu and Kauai. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Pacific School of Religion, the Board of Governors of Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, and the Boards of Directors of the Japanese American Citizens League and Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii. In 2006, the Pacific School of Religion bestowed upon Rev. Fukunaga its Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Rev. Fukunaga was born in Hawaii and graduated from McKinley High School. He received his BA from Harvard University, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion.
Artemio Constantino Baxa
Commissioner, (term 2013-2017)
Artemio C. Baxa first practiced law in the Philippines. He received his law degree from the Ateneo De Manila University, a masters in comparative law from the University of Chicago Law School, and a juris doctorate at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law.
In Hawaii, Baxa was in private law practice with Lowenthal, August and Graham for five years and served as a Maui County deputy prosecutor for more than twenty five years. He is a retired Second Circuit Court judge, and is presently an appellate attorney with the Maui Prosecutor’s Office.
Mr. Baxa served as President of the Maui County Bar Association, and as an officer/board director in various civic and community organizations, including Vice-President of the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, and Board member on Maui Catholic Charities of Hawaii (present), Maui County Charter Commission (2011-2012), and the University of Hawaii Board of Regents (2008-2013).
Mr. Baxa’s interest in civil rights began when he worked as a bellhop; when he served minorities and other underprivileged populations as a Community Aide, Child Care and Transportation Services Director, and Community Improvement and Development Coordinator in an anti-poverty program (MEO); as Maui County’s Deputy Director of Housing and Human Concerns; and when he prepared the report, “Filipino Immigration and Social Challenges in Maui County (1972)”, a comprehensive analysis of a countrywide survey of the needs and problems of Filipino immigrants in Maui County.