Luis Salaveria, Director

Luis P. Salaveria is Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT), a position he has held since December 2014. As Director, Salaveria leads DBEDT’s efforts to achieve a Hawaii economy that embraces innovation and is globally competitive and dynamic, providing opportunities for all Hawaii’s citizens. Salaveria most recently served as the State’s Deputy Director of Finance from 2011 to 2014, where he assisted in the planning, design and management of the State’s annual $12 billion operational and $3 billion capital improvement budgets. He 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 has demonstrated a record of achievement and success in both growth and turnaround environments. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.