Jadine Nielsen

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Jadine Nielsen is a Hawaii activist.

Edwards supporter

In March 2007, In March, John Edwards asked his friend Dale Minami, attorney and president of the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, to host a meeting of California AAPI leaders to meet with him. Minami, an AAPI institution himself, has been a supporter of Edwards since 2004. State Board of Equalization President Betty Yee and state Senator Leland Yee (no relation) are also major supporters of Edwards. Leland Yee serves on the Edwards campaign’s “Leaders for One America.” Sacramento’s Bill Wong, executive director of the AAPI Small Business PAC; Dan Kuramoto, leader of the jazz group Hiroshima; Chris Pak, president of the Archeon Group; Raahi Reddy, president of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance; and Steve Ngo of the S.F. Bay Area Asian Bar Association — are all a part of the Edwards’ AAPI steering committee in California.

Two high-power AAPI women in politics currently serve as senior advisors in his campaign: Courtni Pugh, former Democratic National Committee AAPI director, and Jadine Nielsen, a former Clinton White House liaison, who now resides in Hawai‘i..[1]

Hirono staffer

In January 2013, Mazie Hirono announced two new hires. Betsy Lin will serve as Chief of Staff and Jadine Nielsen as Acting State Director. Nielsen will also lead the search for a permanent State Director.

Jadine Nielsen, Acting State Director- Few know the inner-workings of government as well as Nielsen. She most recently served as Finance Chair for Hirono’s U.S. Senate campaign and has also served in the Clinton Administration as Presidential Transition Search Manager in the White House, Chief of Staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration and Deputy to the Chairman at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Earlier in her career, Nielsen served as California State Director for U.S. Senator Alan Cranston. She currently serves on the Small Business Administration's Hawaii Small Business Advisory Committee and the Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee. She also serves on the Comcast NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council and is a member of the Asian American Diversity Advisory Council. In addition, Nielsen previously served on the Patsy T. Mink Commission, Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women and the Women's Fund of Hawaii. As Acting State Director, Nielsen will oversee hiring of Hawaii staff and will head the search committee for a permanent State Director.

State Director Search Committee- Nielsen will lead the committee charged with finding a permanent State Director. She will be joined on the committee by Betsy Lin, State Senator Jill Tokuda and Hirono advisors Tim Johns, Bob Toyofuku and Elisa Yadao.[2]