President and Chief Executive Officer
Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
Sherry Menor-McNamara is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. She is the youngest and first female and Japanese-Filipino leader in the organization’s 170-year history.
She previously worked for ESPN’s Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Estee Lauder Company and Elton John Production, as well as for the Hawaii State Legislature, U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka and the Executive Office of the United States President.
She serves on numerous boards including the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Queen’s Health Systems, JAIMS Foundation, Move Oahu Forward, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, FILCom Center, East-West Center Foundation and Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders, as well as on a number of task forces. Nationally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of State Chambers and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, as well as on the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100.
She has been honored with the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Award and is a 2016 graduate of the Omidyar Fellows Leadership Program. In 2015, Sherry was selected to represent the United States in the Korea Foundation’s Program for Distinguished Individuals in Economy. In 2014, she was selected to participate in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Program, was recognized as “Top 10 to Watch” by Pacific Business News and inducted as a Laureate into the 2014 Class of the Junior Achievement of Hawaii Hall of Fame. In 2012, she was recognized as a “Top 20 to Watch” by Hawaii Business magazine.
Sherry earned a certificate in Expanding Impact in Advocacy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. She received her JD from the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law and MBA from the Shidler College of Business. She also pursued graduate study in public administration at the University of Southern California and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles.