2490 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Suzanne Marinelli was raised in a tiny coal-mining town in Virginia’s Appalachian mountains, and lived in Williamsburg, a restored Colonial town, for many years. She owes her fascination with America’s political underpinnings to Thomas Jefferson, an early and influential resident of that town.
She moved to Kauai in 1984. Ten years later she lost her home to Hurricane ‘Iniki, then moved to Honolulu to take a short-term job with an organization that wanted to establish an identity at the State Legislature. She discovered an unusual resource at the Capitol called the “Public Access Room” (or “PAR”) where the staff answered her thousands of questions and pointed her in the directions she needed to go.
Having contracted the incurable political virus, Suzanne thereafter took various jobs at the Legislature, and discovered that it was 'process' rather than 'policy' that called to her. Settling into employment in the PAR, she became its ‘Chief Head Grown-up in Charge’ in 2000. She continues, with her staff, to help Hawaii’s citizens participate more effectively in their own governance, and in our remarkable democracy.