Hawaii Gov. David Ige has chosen Elizabeth Kim to head the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and Cindy McMillan to be his communications director.

Elizabeth Kim

Elizabeth Kim, Gov. David Ige’s newly appointed head of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

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The two picks, which he announced in a news release Monday, are the latest to round out his Cabinet. The governor has yet to appoint an Attorney General and a handful of others, but has said he plans to by the end of January.

Kim currently serves in President Obama’s administration as the director of the Office of the Executive Secretariat at the U.S. Department of Labor, advising the secretary and deputy secretary, according to the release.

Cindy McMillan

Gov. David Ige’s new communications director, Cindy McMillan.

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“Elizabeth brings executive management experience in federal, state, and local level policy formation,” Ige said.

“She is a proven leader that has demonstrated success in managing a large staff as well as implementing major programs and initiatives at a high level. Elizabeth’s wealth of knowledge, national experience, and leadership equips her to lead the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.”

McMillan most recently led advocacy and communication efforts for Pacific Resource Partnership, the release says. She’s also served as executive vice president at Communications Pacific and a legislative aide to members of the Honolulu City Council.

“I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with Governor Ige to ensure that his priorities are communicated accurately and the public is informed about the administration’s decisions,” McMillan said.

Ige appointed seven other Cabinet members on Dec. 31. Read about them here.

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