Our Board

Doreen deBrum, Chairwoman (Regional Member, September 2014 to present) Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of the Marshall Islands

DoreeNDoreen deBrum earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administrative Management in 1999, with concentrations in Political Science and International Business. She later earned a Master’s Certificate in Public Management from Missouri State University in 2005.

Other professional training and qualifications include: Certificate, FAO Project Management Cycle (2010); Certificate, Pacific Islands Marine Protected Areas Training (2010); Certificate, Sustainable Development through Environmental Education in Kobe, Japan (2008), among others.

In a professional capacity, she previously served as the Fisheries Policy Advisor to the Marshall Islands Marine Resource Authority as well as the FAO Consultant for the RMI Ministry of Resources and Development from 2010 to 2012. She also worked for the Sprint Executive Office in Kansas City Missouri as an Accounts Executive from 2006 to 2008. She also served as the Undersecretary for Asia/Pacific Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Majuro from 1999 to 2005. She speaks English and Marshallese fluently as well as enjoying competence with written and spoken Japanese. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Marshall Islands Conservation Society, is a Support Member of the Micronesia Challenge Steering Committee, a member of the Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Areas Community, a member of the Micronesians in Island Conservation and Women United Together in the Marshall Islands.

 

Elbuchel Sadang, Vice-Chair (Regional Member, February 2014 to Present)

sadangElbuchel Sadang currently serves as the Republic of Palau’s Minister of Finance after a stint as the President’s Chief of Staff serving the post less than three months. Previously, Mr. Sadang served as Executive Director of Palau Conservation Society. Prior to his tenure at Palau Conservation Society, from 2001 to 2009 Mr. Sadang served two full terms as Minister of Finance under the previous Remengesau Administration. He also held numerous civic positions to include Vice President of Administration and Dean of Business at the Palau Community College, appointed as Palau’s Governor to the Asian Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and also served on several boards to include the Palau International Coral Reef Center and the Civil Service Pension Plan Board of Directors.

Staying true to his roots, Mr. Sadang is also Chief Ngirameketii of his village in the State of Ngaraard and is very active in village meetings, community activities and local events. Mr. Sadang earned his BS in Economics from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. His professional Memberships include: Member, Pacific Island Development Bank Board of Directors; Governor, Asian Development Bank, representing the Republic of Palau; Member, Asian Pacific Association for Fiduciary Studies; Governor, International Monetary Fund, representing the Republic of Palau; President, Island Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA); Member, Island Government Finance Officers Association IGFAO) (CNMI, Palau, FSM, RMI, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands membership, promoting sound public financial management in the insular areas).

 

Jared Morris, Secretary (Regional Member, January 2013 to present)

b 1Mr. Morris currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the FSM Petroleum Corporation. Prior to this engagement, he worked for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat as the Import Management Advisor. His career has spanned technical level in the industrial and transport sector, through commercial and business management, working as Planning Engineer with the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji from 1994 to 1998, and as an Engineer and then Business Manager with Shell Oil Company from 1998 to 2004.

He has managed a regional energy advisory service for the Pacific Governments, assisting with the development of energy policy, in particular petroleum and bio-fuel regulatory frameworks, standards and more recently agro-energy policy. His specialties include energy regulation, management of change, risk management, business planning and general management. He holds a Bachelors of Engineering from the Auckland University and a University Bursary in Science from Sacred Heart College.

 

Finley Perman, Treasurer (Regional Member, September 2016 to present)

haserMr Perman’s career in auditing and financial management spans many years and a variety of institutions and responsibilities. He has served in public financial management reform programs and as a budget and management advisor with the FSM office of Statistics, Budget, Overseas Development Assistance, and Compact Management. He has spent two years as the court-appointed receiver with Island Cable Television-Pohnpei and three years as agent manager with the global money transfer company – MoneyGram International. He has also consulted with the Asian Development Bank, assisting with economic and financial analysis and with the Bank of FSM assisting with financial reporting and analysis. Mr. Perman served in top management positions with Bank of FSM, including as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and spent seven and half years managing the Department of Finance and Administration, FSM National Government and Department of Treasury and Administration, Pohnpei State Government. During his tenure the organizations achieved, for the first time, unqualified opinions in the single audit reports for both FSM National Government and Pohnpei State Government. He also spent six years as an auditor with FSM Public Auditor’s Office and seven and half years with Bank of Hawaii in various operations positions. He attended college at the Hawaii Pacific College in Honolulu, HI from 1984 to 1987 and has extensive Continuing Professional Education training in auditing, investigative auditing, and banking including with the USDA Graduate School and Institute of Internal Auditors, earning over 250 CPE training hours in total.

 

Carlotta Leon Guerrero (September 2013 to present)

carlotaMs Guerrro is the Manager of Pacific Latitude, LLC a Woman Owned Small Business and she serves as the Executive Director of the Ayuda Foundation NGO serving Pacific needs. She also has an extensive background in Government of Guam policy and budget making processes, having worked at top levels with the military over return of excess lands, and military build-up. She has served as the President of the Association of Pacific Island Legislators, representing 12 Pacific Governments as well as serving as a member of the Pew Oceans Commission to update America’s Oceans policy in 1999. She worked for 12 years as a radio and television journalist in Guam and the CNMI, eventually becoming News Director and serving as the President of the Society of Professional Journalists. She spent six years as Chief of Staff to Guam legislative Health Chairman Senator Mike Cruz MD and then as Chief of Staff to Lt Gov Mike Cruz MD. She also served six years a Guam Senator and four of those years as the Chairman of the legislative Committee on Transportation, Telecommunications and Micronesian Affairs. Her numerous awards include: 2011 Guam Legislature Resolution 10th Year Anniversary Island Girl Power, 2010 Pacific Human Rights Award for Advancing Women’s Equality, 2005 Hawaii Public Health Kalo Award for "dedication to public health services in Pacific communities,” 2004 Pacific Missionary Aviation Award for support of the Sea Haven Medical Ship "Helping to meet the needs of the Micronesian people, 2003 Soroptimist California International Award for "Advancing the Status of Women,”

 

Julian Aguon (Regional Member, September 2015 to present)

hrHuman rights lawyer and founder of Blue Ocean Law, a boutique international law firm based in Guam. Licensed to practice law in Guam, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Julian assists governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental clients throughout the Micronesian sub-region and wider Pacific on a range of domestic, regional, and international law and policy issues. A law professor of international law and Pacific Islands legal systems and a United Nations-recognized expert on the international law of self-determination, Julian has published several books and law articles reframing the self-determination struggles of indigenous and non-self- governing peoples as international human rights issues whose remedies lie beyond the borders of enclosing and administering states. In 2011, the New York-based Petra Foundation named Julian a national “human rights hero” in honor of his commitment to the advancement of human rights in the Pacific region.

 

Diego Benavente (Regional Member, September 2015 to present)

diegoSince 2011 Diego Benavente has focused his energies on his consulting firm, Benavente Consulting, leveraging his extensive background in local, regional and federal issues, twenty years in private sector retail and construction and nineteen years as an elected official. He served a total of fourteen years as a Member of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives, including terms as Speaker of the House, Vice Speaker, Chairman of the Committee on Federal and Foreign Relation, Member of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures and Chairman of the Taskforce on the Pacific Islands Development Bank. From 2002 to 2006 he served as Lieutenant Governor, CNMI Executive Branch during which time he was Chairman of the CNMI Water Task Force, the Governor’s Representative, Covenant Section 702 Negotiations, Chairman of the CNMI Solid Waste Task Force, Chairman of the Pacific Islands Development Bank (PIDB) Board of Governors, the CNMI Representative to U.S. Congressional Committees. He began his career in the private sector in 1979 with the Industrial Electric Motor Corp in Twin Falls, Idaho and then as the General Manager for RM Construction Co. and as the Owner, Diego’s Mart Inc. in CNMI His educational background includes the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho and the CNMI Police Academy of Saipan, CNMI. Mr. Benavente’s professional affiliations and memberships include Member, PIDB Board of Governors and Board of Directors, Member, Saipan Fishermen’s Association, and Member, CNMI Retirees Association

 

Dan Martin (International member March 2012 to Present)

board2Dan Martin’s career includes extensive engagement with medical education, liberal arts colleges, nature conservation, population issues, sustainable economic development and public policy for education and foreign aid. His work with private foundations includes the Markle Foundation which made grants for medical education. Later, he was President of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, awarding grants in the environment and population fields. Subsequently, he was the founding Director of the World Environment and Resources Program and of the Population and Reproductive Health Program at the MacArthur Foundation. He also served as Chief Research Officer and Senior Director, Environment, at the Moore Foundation. Martin was also a member of the Committee for Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society, President of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, a member of the Management Committee of the Environmental Grant-makers Association and the Board of Directors of Latinos in Philanthropy. Outside the private foundation field, he was Assistant to the Chancellor and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, President of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, President of the Cranbrook Educational Community, and Senior Managing Director of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. His teaching experience also includes serving as an adjunct Assistant Professor in Social Sciences at the Rush Medical School in Chicago and as a Visiting Professor of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In the public sector, Martin was a member of the National Commission on the Financing of Postsecondary Education, the Illinois Board of Regents, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre in Canada. He is currently Chairman of the Phelps Stokes Fund, Treasurer of the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, a Life Trustee of Knox College, Vice President of Amigos of Costa Rica, and a member of the Assembly of Founders of the Costa Rica-United States Foundation. He was also a member of the governing Council and a Vice President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. A native of Iowa, Martin received the A.B. degree at Knox College, earned M.A, and Ph.D. degrees in international politics and political theory at Princeton University, and served as an Intelligence officer in the United States Army.

 

Megumi Araki (International Member, November 2014 to Present)

megumiA native of Japan, Mr. Araki earned his in English philology & Linguistics from the Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Japan. He later earned his MBA from the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business, the Philippines. Professionally, his career has included several high-level positions in finance, auditing and international philanthropy. He currently serves as the Director for the Association for Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC). He also serves as a Corporate Auditor for SBI Pharma (since July 2013) and he also serves as an Advisor for SBI Holdings (since 2012). He was the Principal Financing Partnerships Specialist, Office of Co-financing Operations (OCO), for the Asian Development Bank from Aug 2008 to Mar 2012 (Team leader for co-financing with donors in East Asia, Middle East, North America and Oceania). Also with the ADB, he served as the Senior Financing Partnerships Specialist, OCO, ADB, Aug 2003 - Aug 2008 (in charge of Japan Funds, plus JBIC/JICA loan cofinancing), and the Japan Special Fund Coordinator, OCO, ADB, July 2001 - Aug 2003 (in charge of Japan Funds). Earlier in his career, he served as the Senior Administrative Officer, ADB Institute (located in Tokyo), ADB, July 1998 - July 2001 (helped setting up the office in charge of personnel, accounting, and general issues) and as the Liaison Officer, ADB Japan Representative Office, ADB, July 1996-July 1998 (contributed to the inception period of the office). His government experience includes serving as the Financial Inspector, Ministry of Finance, Japan, July 1994 - July 1996 and the Deputy Director, Development Finance Division, Ministry of Finance, Japan, July 1992 - July 1994 (attended several donors meetings, GOJ missions).

 

Trina Leberer (Honorary member, January 2012 to Present)

trinaTrina Leberer is the Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Micronesia Program. Trina has lived on the island of Guam since 1994. She has an MSc in Biology from the University of Guam Marine Laboratory and a BA in Environmental, Populational and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before joining the Conservancy in 2004, Trina worked for the Guam Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources for seven years as a biologist, Fisheries Supervisor, and Acting Chief. As Marine Conservation Coordinator, her first position with the Conservancy’s Micronesia Program, she assisted partners in the Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and Guam at priority marine and coastal conservation areas in the design and implementation of site conservation plans, worked as part of a region-wide team to develop networks of trained practitioners focused on planning and management at high priority portfolio conservation areas, helped improve linkage of site conservation plans to annual goals and appropriate National Plans, and helped develop efficient and effective broad-scale monitoring programs for land- and seascape projects. Trina became the Conservancy’s Micronesia Program Director in 2009, and now leads a team of nine focused on assisting partners to achieve the goals of the Micronesia Challenge.