VIDEO: GEB Names Jon Fernandez Superintendent of DOE By Unanimous Vote

“We look forward to welcoming our students and faculty back from the holiday break, and to a successful last half of the school year,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said.

Guam – The Guam Education Board voted unanimously this morning [Monday] to select Jon Fernandez as the new Superintendent of Education.

Fernandez was one of three finalists and the only off-island candidate (though he was born and raised on the island.)  The other finalists were: Acting Deputy Superintendent Robert Malay and former Senator and former Department of Mental Health Director Dr. David Shimizu.

Board Members went into executive session to discuss the candidates after they gathered for the special meeting this morning.  Shortly after returning the vote was conducted by roll call with all members saying “Aye.”

Fernandez was born and raised on Guam. He is the son of  Jon and Gloria Fernandez of Yona. He currently works as the Managing Director for the Federal City Council (Washington DC.)  He has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and a graduate degree in law from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Taling Taitano has been serving as the Acting Superintendent of DOE since former Superintendent Nerissa Underwood retired last July and will continue to do so until Fernandez is ready to take the lead.

Guam DOE released the following bio-data for Jon Fernandez:


Georgetown University Law Center, Washingtion DC
Juris Doctor
Member of Arizona Bar
Concentration in administrative law and government regulation
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA
Master in Public Policy
Harry S. Truman Scholarship recipient
Concentration in urban economic development and public finance
University of Arkansas, Fulbright College of Art & Sciences, Fayetteville AR
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, Minor in Political Science
Roy and Christine Sturgis Felllowship (full academic scholarship
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; junior year abroad at Cambridge Unversity, England


-Managing Director, Federal City Council, Washington DC/2007 to Present
-Director, Office of Policy, Research and Development, Executive Office of Mayor Anthony Williams/2004-2006
-Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Policy, Research and Development, Executive Office of Mayor Anthony Williams/2001-2004
-Senior Analyst, Equity Research and Advisory Services, CB Richard Ellis/Torto Wheaton Research, Boston MA/1998-2001
Community Involvement
-Chairman, DC Regional Council, United Way of the National Capital Area
-Chairman, DC Action for Children
-Member, Executive Committee, DC Workforce Investment Council
-Board Member, Latin American Youth Center
-Board Member, YouthBuild Public Charter School
-Board Member, Hayattsville Community  Development Corporation
-Member, Harry S Truman Scholarship Finalist Selection Committee
-Member, Leadership Greater Washington