Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Appoints Courtenay O’Connor as Associate Executive Director of Advancement

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) announced today that Courtenay O’Connor has been appointed as its new Associate Executive Director of Advancement. O’Connor will be responsible for HILT’s overall fundraising and development program and building a culture of philanthropy for the organization. “We are very pleased to welcome Courtenay to the land trust and are excited to expand our fundraising program to keep up with the demand for our land conservation initiatives here in Hawaii,” said Kawika Burgess, HILT’s Chief Executive Officer.


O’Connor comes to HILT from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of Hawaii where she served as the Senior Associate Director of Philanthropy. Prior to working at TNC, Courtenay served in various capacities at CCS, LLC an international strategic fundraising firm, where she planned and managed several successful fundraising campaigns. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.


“HILT has done a lot of great work here in Hawaii by working with landowners and conserving over 18,000 acres of Hawaii’s most precious natural and cultural resources. I look forward to the opportunity to grow the organization’s fundraising efforts which will allow the land trust to do even more conservation work,” said O’Connor.