Luis P. Salaveria has served as the director for the State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), since his appointment in December 2014. His responsibilities include leading the state’s efforts to achieve a Hawaii economy that embraces innovation and is globally competitive. Salaveria also served as the state’s deputy director of finance for the Department of Budget and Finance, from 2011 to 2014. He has extensive experience in the development and execution of multi-billion dollar budgets, which result in positive financial and organizational outcomes.
Salaveria brings more than 20 years of public and private sector experience to the position, having worked as the finance manager for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii from 2001 to 2011, and as a budget and financial analyst with the state’s Department of Defense from 1997 to 2001. Salaveria holds a degree in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.