Ed Nishioka

Ed Nishioka

Ed holds a BS in communication from SOU where he competed as a decathlete in track and field, then later earned a master’s in instructional technology and information and communication studies from California State University at Chico. Ed has owned and operated a consulting company in Honolulu for more than 25 years. He previously served as Press Secretary for Honolulu Mayor Fasi, Deputy Director of Customer Services Department under Honolulu Mayor Hannemann and as Chief Information Officer for Honolulu Rail Transit. He also worked as a TV news reporter and producer in Oregon, California and Hawaii and as a college communication instructor. Ed was recognized as one of the Hawaii Jaycees Young People of the Year, Pacific Business News 40 under 40 and as a Pacific Century Fellow. He currently serves on the boards of Motiv8 Foundation, Southern Oregon University Alumni Association, Kaiser High School Athletic Foundation, Kidz for a Cause and Straub Medical Center.

“SOU was a game changer for me. The school changed the trajectory of my life for the better through several mentors. My track coach and professional mentor Monty Cartwright was instrumental in all things I do today. Monty made a huge impact on how I conduct my life and in the things that I do in my business. When I changed my major, Communication Professor Tom Pyle was there to put together an academic plan that became my career plan as I worked in every field that I studied. My media instructor Tim Shove was very influential helping me get into the graduate program at Chico State University and I don’t believe I would have gotten a graduate degree without his help. These people were the key to my success in my life and my career.”