The U.S. Senate confirmed Hawaii-born Nani Coloretti as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday.
Confirmed on a vote of 57-41, Coloretti becomes the highest-ranking Filipino-American in the Biden administration.
“This is a proud moment for Hawaii,” said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. “Nani will bring strong leadership experience and the ability to inspire the next generation of Filipino-American leaders in Hawaii and across the country. I am proud to call Nani a friend, and I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role at OMB.”
Coloretti was the senior vice president of the Urban Institute and served as a deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration.
She previously served as assistant secretary for management and acting chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and acting chief operations officer of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Coloretti also worked in the San Francisco Mayor’s office from 2005 until 2009, most recently serving as Budget Director.
Coloretti grew up in Kapahulu and graduated from Iolani School in 1987. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Michael Tsai covers local and state politics for Spectrum News Hawaii.