Kawika Burgess, Strategic Advisor
Kawika brings decades of experience in land management, sustainable agriculture and corporate development to Common Ground. He is the CEO of Alliance Commercial Finance, a commercial finance company providing business and real estate financing for entrepreneurs and real estate investors. Kawika was previously the CEO of Kalona Brand Company, a vertically integrated agriculture and food company. Prior to Kalona, he was the CEO of Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT), a statewide land trust that manages over 18,000 acres in Hawaii. Before HILT, he founded Real Property Management Alliance, a real estate management company, served as the COO at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and was the Land Asset and Operations Manager at Kamehameha Schools. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and completed graduate coursework at UH Manoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning.