Carol Ignacio joins the Blue Zones Project Hawaii team as Government and Community Affairs Manger for the Island of Hawaii. With over 37 years experience in the human services sector, and applying a strong background in community development, Carol brings a collaborative and purposeful management style to Blue Zones Project. Prior to joining Blue Zones Project, Carol was Statewide Director of the Office for Social Ministry for the Catholic Diocese in Hawaii. Known for her boundless energy, candor and determination to help the less fortunate, Carol has pioneered numerous grassroots initiatives to aid the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed and others on the fringes of society. She is credited with opening the island of Hawaii’s first homeless shelter in Hilo, the Hawaii Island Food Bank – now known as The Food Basket, Inc. – and the “Care-A-Van” program, through which social workers and nursed in vans delivered aid to the homeless hidden away on the beaches and byways around the Big Island and Mobile Care brining access to dental care for the poor. Carol has been the recipient of several prestigious awards: Athena International Leadership Award, Zonta International Rose Leadership Award, Hookele Award for Excellence in Not-for Profits, and the Richard Smart Community Leadership Award to name a few. She serves on several community Boards as well as the Fire Commission. She is married, has four children, and seven grandchildren.