Acting Regional Administrator
Kimberly Miyazawa Frank
Kimberly Miyazawa Frank is the acting regional adminstrator for the Administration for Children and Families, Region 9, and the regional administrator for Region 10, which supports Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. In the role of ACF regional administrator, her focus is executing ACF’s national priorities of child and family wellbeing and economic mobility, as well as supporting states’ efforts in these areas.
Miyazawa Frank brings a wealth of experience enhanced by the Hawaiian values of the Aloha Spirit, her career has focused on improving the life trajectory of children, women, and families by leveraging expertise and relationships across all sectors — business, non-profit, government, and faith — in Hawaii and around the world via strategies in organizational transformation, process improvement, program and policy enhancement, human capital development, and community building.
Most recently, Miyazawa Frank was the Morgridge Innovator in Residence at Ascend at the Aspen Institute, the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational and economic security, via implementation of a two-generation strategy.
Prior to that, she served as the director of community development for Hawaii’s Department of Human Services (DHS), leading the statewide two-gen implementation called ‘Ohana Nui (translated from Hawaiian as ‘extended family’), starting first with the four customer-facing divisions of DHS: Med-QUEST, Benefits and Employment Support Services, Social Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation. Going beyond the nuclear family and concurrently addressing the basic needs for the extended family, the ‘Ohana Nui Engineers, change agents who are “engineering” a new future for DHS and the families of Hawaii, were recognized by Governor David Ige as the 2017 DHS Team of the Year.
Before joining DHS, Miyazawa Frank was senior vice president of community development for Pūlama Lāna‘i, managing the human services aspects of Larry Ellison's vision of a sustainable Lāna‘i, namely, improving access to and quality of healthcare, enhancing performance at Lāna‘i’s only K-12 school, and building capacity in its non-profits and small businesses. She previously served as chief executive officer of the YWCA of Oʻahu where she launched the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership, promoting entrepreneurs and enterprise among women. For two decades prior, Miyazawa Frank had a business consultancy and also worked with the global firms of the Gallup Organization and Towers Perrin. Miyazawa Frank began her career as a litigation attorney defending Fortune 500 companies in product liability lawsuits.
An active community volunteer, Miyazawa Frank has served on the boards of many local and national non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, NJ.