HHF Planners began the year by promoting George “Rob” James, AICP and Dane Sjoblom, AICP from Senior Associate to Vice President, and Corlyn Olson Orr and Erin Emerson from Senior Planner to Associate. The promotions are part of HHF’s ongoing leadership transition strategy, and the beginning of a fourth generation of leaders at the firm that will ensure HHF stays relevant to another generation of planners and clients.
Rob James, AICP began his career at HHF in 2003 to develop the firm’s geographic information system program which he continues to lead today. He is a key project manager helping to expand HHF’s federal client base and is widely regarded as a waterfront specialist for his understanding of infrastructure and facilities requirements at U.S. Navy and Marine Corps installations across the Indo-Pacific Region and the continental United States. His work spans a broad range of the planning field, from spatial analysis and visualization to land use, facility, and master planning. Rob recently received national recognition as the project manager of the U.S. Navy’s Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program – Phase I project, which helped establish a program office to oversee a 20-year $21-billion investment in the nation’s four public shipyards. His professional affiliations include the American Planning Association’s Hawaii Chapter and Federal Planning Division and the Society of American Military Engineers.
Dane Sjoblom, AICP has thirteen years of experience managing a broad range of land use, facility, environmental and award-winning hazard mitigation planning projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the wider Pacific Region and in the U.S. Territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. He has gained broad experience in developing facility master plans, community plans and environmental documents. Dane has spent the past decade successfully managing a multi-million dollar project for the US Office of Insular Affairs across the U.S. Territories to improve the physical condition of public schools. He directs a team of territory-based staff, a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and architects, and supports local agencies procure and execute projects to reduce deferred maintenance backlogs and build local capacity and expertise in facility planning and maintenance.
Corlyn Orr has nearly two decades of planning experience that encompasses 16 years with HHF Planners and a few early years with the City Department of Planning and Permitting. In addition to preparing land use permits and environmental review documents, Corlyn is exceptionally skilled at managing projects related to regional land use planning policy and facilitating community outreach programs. She has wide-ranging experience working with both State and county agencies and private landowners to prepare plans that address diverse topics, most notably on issues related to sustainability, agriculture, and climate change/sea level rise policy. Her contributions outside of the office have included serving on the boards of a Hawaiian-focused charter school and a non-profit paddling organization, and coaching girls paddling at ‘Iolani High School. She is also an alumni of the Pacific Century Fellows program.
Erin Emerson joined HHF in 2014 as its Marketing Coordinator. In her current role as Marketing Manager, she works with firm leadership and staff to build, maintain and grow client relationships, measure and report on performance, manage proposals, and develop external and internal communications. She takes great pleasure in being able to work with all staff on a regular basis. Erin also coordinates HHF’s community service initiatives, including planning and implementing STEAM projects at O‘ahu public schools. She serves on the Board of the Friends of Lyon Arboretum, as a Committee Chair for the APA-Hawai‘i Chapter, as Communications Committee member for Trees for Honolulu’s Future and is a member of SMPS Hawaii.