Honolulu Department of Transportation Names New Leadership

The City & County of Honolulu, Department of Transportation Services (DTS) has a new Acting Director and Deputy Director.

Jon Nouchi, the previous Deputy Director for DTS has been sworn in as Acting Director for DTS. Dre Kalili, appointed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell, has been sworn in as Deputy Director for DTS. Together, they will represent the city’s goals for sustainable, reliable and affordable transportation options, and continue the focus on moving people by Oahu’s growing transportation infrastructure.

Jon Nouchi has worked in planning and operating efficient and sustainable transportation networks in Hawaiʻi for over 20 years.

As the Acting Director of the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS), Jon Nouchi will continue to oversee all modes of public transportation mobility, transportation engineering, transportation technology, and transportation planning.

Mr. Nouchi previously served as the Deputy Director of DTS, the Deputy Director of Planning and Environment for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, and the Director of Planning and Service Development for O‘ahu Transit Services, Inc.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy with a B.S. in Urban Planning and Development. Mr. Nouchi also has a certificate in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoaʻs Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

Dre Kalili joined the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services in 2019 and was appointed Deputy Director in November 2020.  In the past two years, Ms. Kalili has led initiatives for policy development on rail operations, transit, and new mobility, successful competitive federal grants for electric buses, and laying foundations for non-fare revenue programs to support transit operations.

Prior to her tenure with the City, Ms. Kalili served as the Business Development Manager for the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation Harbors Division where she was responsible for drawing in additional revenues to the self-funded commercial harbor system through adjustment of tariffs, securing long-term harbor user commitments, and increasing productivity of underused facilities.  In addition to her experience at the Department of Transportation, Ms. Kalili worked for a decade at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in various capacities.

Ms. Kalili earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

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