Changes at HSDC: Lauren Primiano Departs, Sara Lin Joins


Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, the state’s entity charged with promoting tech-based economic development via public/private investments, recently announced the departure of one team member and the addition of a new member.

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Sara Lin, former founding editor of Honolulu Civil Beat, has joined the team at HSDC.

Lauren Primiano, the former associate at HSDC, has left as of April 1. In an email, Lauren stated that she has “sincerely enjoyed working with all of you to help cultivate a vibrant entrepreneurial environment for Hawaii’s future.”

Earlier this week, HSDC announced the appointment of Sara Lin as associate.

Sara joins HSDC with a strong background in journalism having worked as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. Most recently, Sara was a founding editor of Honolulu Civil Beat, an online investigative news startup launched by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar.

She’s a graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in politics and East Asian studies.

Sara can be contacted via email at Sara.N.Lin(at)