Eva Laird Smith, Executive Director
Smith is the Executive Director
of the Hawai‘i
State Foundation on Culture & the
Arts, only the seventh person in
the 46-year history of the arts agency to
hold the post. She follows Ronald K.
Yamakawa who is retired after serving as
director for 10 years, capping a 35-year
career with the State Foundation.
Laird Smith is joined the HSFCA from her
position as director of the USO of Hawai’i
and before that was president of Junior
Achievement of Hawai‘i, executive director
of the Filipino Community Center of
Hawai‘i and executive director of
Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village. She assumed
her new duties on January 3, 2012.
“Eva Laird Smith is an outstanding choice
among many able candidates who applied,”
said Barbara Saromines- Ganne, Oahu
commissioner and chair of the board of the
HSFCA. “She joins our excellent staff and
commissioners to deal with the challenges
facing state government and the arts
community today and we are confident she
will do a great job.”
Smith has a master’s degree in museum
studies from the University of Manchester,
England; a dean’s list bachelor’s degree
from the University of Washington in
Seattle; and bachelor of fine arts from
the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila.