Khara serves as the public affairs director in the S360 Hawaii office. She brings nearly a decade of grassroots advocacy, community organizing and lobbying experience to our team.
Before joining S360, Khara worked as the lead community organizer for Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), the only interfaith grassroots non-profit in Hawaii which works across the areas of affordable housing, education, and healthcare. She also led the state’s only policy advocacy organization exclusively dedicated to immigrant rights. In this role, Khara led the effort to pass a landmark Hawaii law, which created a driver’s license for all Hawaii residents – regardless of immigration status. Previously, Khara worked as an associate at the labor law firm of King, Nakamura, & Chun-Hoon.
Khara formerly served as the Judiciary Legal Fellow for Senator Mazie Hirono’s Washington D.C. office. She was also a board member of the Drug Policy Forum. She currently oversees the Justice for Women Fellowship at the Hawaii State Legislature. Her most recent project at Strategies 360, in partnership with the national labor rights organization Jobs With Justice, was to successfully pass a first-in-the-nation law that provides $70 per day for Hawaii residents caring for an elderly family member.
Khara received a J.D. from the University of Hawaii, where she specialized in Native Hawaiian law, and holds a B.A. in politics from New York University. She also studied at the University of the Philippines and Franklin College of Switzerland. She speaks Portuguese and Tagalog.
Khara is a recent mother to a son, Laguna Kekipi Jabola-Ing, with her partner, Hawaii State Representative Kaniela Ing. In her spare time, she organizes and trains young women of color to advocate for better policies that support all women and girls in Hawaii.