Diane has over thirty-five (35) years of experience working in and for the public sector at the federal, state, city and special district government levels in the areas of financial leadership and management, and program/project management.
Diane is currently serving as an Administrative Services Officer for the Hawaii State Department of Transportation, Harbors Division. Prior to this, Diane served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), Administrative Services Officer for another state government agency in Hawaii, and similar positions with the regional transportation and land use planning agency in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area (Metro); the Portland Development Commission (PDC and now Prosper Portland); the Oregon State Department of Transportation; and Washington County, Oregon.
While at HART, Diane created and developed the financial team and functions including capital and operational budgeting, financial accounting and reporting, and internal controls of a new agency that was constructing the largest capital rail project in the United States--$9 billion. She also improved its financial, debt financing and operations and maintenance cost planning, and implemented an Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP).
Diane has also been with Ernst & Young in Los Angeles, the City of Santa Monica, California, federal agencies in Washington, D.C., and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She received a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California specializing in Intergovernmental Management and Finance, and a Bachelors degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
Diane Arakaki: APIPA 2019 Course Listing
Ideally, we would all be great bosses -- or work with great bosses. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In a recent industry survey regarding employee engagement and job transitions, the number one reason people leave jobs is due to conflicts with their supervisor. During this session, we will explore and discuss strategies on how to manage up, evaluate the overall situation and environment, and assess if it is really time for a change.
Know what the true (full) cost of providing services is? Why it is important to know and other relevant issues and outcomes of knowing what it is will be addressed. This session will discuss what and how to determine the true cost of government services and its benefits.
Leaders may have put together great budgets and financial plans, however that’s not all that’s needed for a project to be successful. This session will explore and discuss how the finance office and performance auditors can play a more effective role in project monitoring and risk reduction of cost and schedule overruns. Discussion of capital project management, risks and risk mitigation will also be addressed during this session.
ERP projects are one of the most dreaded and unsuccessful in government. All governments face the inevitable need to replace financial, payroll and related systems that are critical to the efficient and effective operation and delivery of government services. These types of projects are complex, organizationally challenging and grueling. Come here and share lessons learned, and related reflections on ERP projects, and how you might avoid common pitfalls.