Ann Hayashi currently serves as the Executive Director for Blue Zones Project – Hawaii, supporting strategic planning for the implementation of the statewide initiative. Ann received her B.S. in Biology and her M.P.H. from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. She is excited to be a part of the Blue Zones Project team, because it aligns with her roots in public health and her desire to help her home state become a healthier, happier place to live. Prior to joining Blue Zones Project, she served in various roles within the Healthways Hawaii organization, and previously held a project manager and training coordinator position in the Department of Preventive Medicine at USC. Her research background includes work in global public health and behavioral medicine. Ann lives on the island of Kauai and loves spending time with her husband and family of cats, dogs, and the occasional chicken or two. In her free time, she enjoys camping and hiking (even though she’s not that good at it). Ann is on the quest for the perfect black bean brownie recipe, so if you’ve got the secret…share the love!