Murat Adam Arabaci - Board Member

Murat Arabaci started his career as an English Teacher for English language learners. After completing his MBA, he taught college level courses as a lecturer and worked for a CPA firm as an accountant. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Murat worked for New Plan Learning, a nonprofit charter school development corporation for 12 years in Chicago where he was first named as Chief Financial Officer and then President of the corporation that provided facility development and consulting services to charter schools. In this capacity, Murat was responsible for directing overall operations, business strategy, and turnkey facility development, a process that includes identifying suitable locations, performing due diligence, conducting feasibility analysis of the identified locations, hiring architectural firms and general contractors to build/renovate the school property, and arranging funding for the projects. During this time, he had the privilege of working with bond underwriters, rating agencies, commercial lenders, CDFI’s – community development financial institutions – and investors, and their collective efforts with the local school boards secured financing for over 15 schools. As part of the feasibility analyses, Murat reviewed charter school budgets for underwriting purposes. As executive director, Murat was responsible for hiring and firing.

Murat is currently an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Bemidji State University and working towards getting his PhD degree in finance at Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.