Twenty (20) participants from throughout the insular areas represented the 2011 graduating class of the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). ELDP graduation ceremonies were held on May 8, 2011, at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Four (4) ELDP representatives from the U.S. Virgin Islands took part in a separate Executive Leadership Program with employees of numerous US federal agencies, and will conclude their program in June, 2011.

20 Participants from American Samoa, CNMI, FSM, Guam, Palau, and the RMI Graduated from the 2011 Executive Leadership Development Program.

The ELDP has been designed to assist the insular areas with developing and retaining the qualified, skilled staff that will become the future leaders of their respective governments. Program participants met four times over the course of a year to develop skills in leadership, management, government finance, procurement, and auditing.  The ELDP serves the insular areas of Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The ELDP includes five major components:

  1. Formal training.  ELDP participants met four times over a twelve month period for one week of training in Guam, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Hawaii.  The training focused on managerial and leadership skills, as well as technical training in areas such as auditing and accounting.
  2. Mentoring.  Each participant completed a self-evaluation and identified a mentor throughout the 12 month program.
  3. Developmental assignments.  Participants identified developmental assignments that focused on real-world issues in their organizations, giving participants the opportunity to hone technical skills and apply their learning in selected project areas.
  4. Reading and group assignments.  Participants completed reading assignments and group assignments between cohort training sessions.
  5. Major project in home organization.  Each ELDP participant defined and completed a major project for his or her home government.

This year’s graduating class included:

(American Samoa) Jason Betham, Florence Haro-Ale, Petti Matila; (Chuuk) Eleanor Samuel-Mori, Jayson Robert; (CNMI) Geraldine Demapan, Sixto Igisomar, Lillian Pangelinan; (Guam) Vincent Duenas, Reynaldo Edrosa, Shawn Scott; (FSM National Government) Jane Chigiyal, (Kosrae) Stanley Raffilman, Shiro Sigrah; (Marshall Islands) Jelton Anjain, Clarence Samuel; (Palau) Harley Fletcher, Sally Techitong-Soalablai, (Pohnpei) Alpino Kerman, Cynthia Saimon.

Four participants from the United States Virgin Islands completed a similar, Washington DC based program.

Additional information on the Executive Leadership Development Program can be found online at  The application process for the third ELDP cohort will begin February, 2012.