Gary A. Glenn

Board Member Emeritus

Gary Glenn was born and raised in Southern California, and was educated at UCLA. His graduate education was at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (jointly administered by Harvard and Tufts Universities), in Massachusetts.

Mr Glenn’s involvement with Hawai‘i began when he was a teenager, when he taught tennis in several Honolulu public parks. Since then he has been involved in many programs and projects, especially those emphasizing environmental protection and sustainability, and improved math and science educational performance by Native Hawaiian students.

Mr. Glenn’s career has concentrated on helping to create, develop, promote, fund, and manage non-profit organizations. He was a co-founder of ACCION International, a private international development foundation, which pioneered micro-lending for small entrepreneurs throughout the world. ACCION International is now the largest multi-national organization of its type, with more than $355 million in revenues (2007).

Following his work with ACCION International, Mr. Glenn co-founded the Latin American Teaching Fellowship corporation, which provided educational resources to universities in developing countries, especially in South and Central America. This program became a major U.S. non-governmental source of assistance to higher education over a 20 year period. Subsequently, Mr. Glenn became president of the Massachusetts Centers of Excellence Corporation, which focused on the stimulation of new entrepreneurial efforts in marine science, biotechnology, and polymer science. The Centers of Excellence organization developed a number of productive and successful joint projects with Hawai‘i non-profit entities.

Since 1997, Mr. Glenn has been directly involved in a series of projects in Hawai‘i which have concentrated on environmental protection and improvement and on pre-school and K-12 education. He was an original member of the Board of Directors of Partners in Development Foundation (he is now Emeritus), and served as a Vice-President during the early years of the foundation. He also served as Project Director for three large-scale federally-funded educational projects which involved partnerships among PIDF, the Malama ‘Āina Foundation, the University of Hawai‘i, and other Hawai‘i entities. All these projects successfully enhanced educational opportunities for Native Hawaiian students.

Mr. Glenn is married, with three children. He is especially proud that his son, Patrick, is a keiki o ka ‘ āina, a native son of Hawai‘i. 

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