Jeff Hong is Chair of the Change 23 Coalition. He is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Techmana LLC a Hawaiʻi based software development and cybersecurity company. Prior to Techmana, he founded Microsoft's Hawaiʻi office and served as a Major in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard as a Military Intelligence Officer and Computer Emergency Response Team Chief. He is the Board Chair of HawaiianEthos one of eight medical cannabis licensees and was recently appointed Vice-Chair of the Honolulu Liquor Commission. He is active in the civil rights community as a long standing board member of the ACLU of Hawaiʻi and served in various roles including; National Board Affiliate Representative, Vice-President, Nominating Committee Chair. He was the first person from Hawaiʻi elected to serve as an At-Large ACLU National Board member. On the National Board he was elected Board Secretary and to the Executive Committee.
Jeff’s return to Hawai’i coincided with the timing of the Baehr decision. Jeff was introduced to the struggle for Civil Rights during the unsuccessful fight against Section 23. Major Hong’s technical support to the effort for his calabash "auntie" and "Protect Our Constitution" Executive Director Sen Jackie Young was conducted in secret. His open support could have subjected him to investigation and court martial under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Jeff’s was an honoree in the inaugural “Business of Pride” Award for his community support. Jeff’s other efforts include establishing ACLU policy on the use of DNA, setting the organizational policy on Indigenous justice. Jeff led efforts to reduce the effects of non-compete agreements that limited employees ability to work. Hawaiʻi has become a case study in support of removing these restrictions nationwide.
Jeff’s partner Jason Alcock (left) of 20+ years will celebrate their 10-year anniversary on Dec 3, 2013, when they were married by Honorary-Chair Justice Steve Levinson (middle).