J Marati

Jacqueline (“Jackie”) A. Marati is the eldest of the eight children of former Speaker Joaquin C. Arriola and former Senator Elizabeth P. Arriola. She attended Cathedral Grade School and graduated salutatorian from the Academy of Our Lady of Guam in 1972. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at Vassar College in 1976, where she was student government secretary from 1975-1976 and class president from 1977-1986.

Marati began her career at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City as a Credit Officer and Management Trainee. She moved to San Francisco and after four years became Vice President of the Retail Banking Group at Wells Fargo Bank. She then co-founded EM & T Corporation, a telecommunications and office systems company in which she was director of Administration and Finance, Operations and Sales.

In 1994 she returned to Guam and became Chief of Administrative Services and Chief of Staff at the A. B. Won Pat International Airport Authority. While there she completed the only certified executive-level aviation management program and became an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE), the first in Guam and the Western Pacific. She then moved to Bank of Guam and rose from Vice President-Corporate Banking Group Manager to Senior Vice President-Marketing Administrator. She has been with the Bank of Guam since 1999.

While working, Marati continued her education. She completed the three-year executive program at the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management at the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. She attended human resources and leadership executive programs at Stanford University, the Northwestern University Kellogg Business School, and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. She received her certificate of completion from the Pacific Coast Banking School in September 2009.

Among her professional activities, Marati served as President of the Guam Bankers Association from 2002 to 2005, and Chair of the Guam Bankers Association “National Teach Children to Save Day” and “Get Smart About Credit Day.” he is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives, and was a guest lecturer at McLaren Graduate School of Business, University of San Francisco.

Marati’s spirit of volunteerism is demonstrated by her numerous community and civic activities. She was Founding Chair and Member of the St. Anthony School Advisory Board; Co-Chair of the Protocol Committee for the Eleventh South Pacific Games; Co-Captain of Bank of Guam Team for the American Cancer Society; Chair of the Finance Committee for the Academy of Our Lady of Guam Advisory Board; member of the Board of Directors of Make A Wish Foundation; member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Islanders in Communications; and Past President, Board of Directors, of the Tourism Education Council.

Marati received the Public Citizen of the Year 2005 Award from the National Association of Social Workers in Guam. In September 2009, she was inducted as a laureate into the Academy of Our Lady of Guam Hall of Fame in celebration of their Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary. On 11 October 2009 she was awarded the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by Pope Benedict XVI – the highest medal awarded to the laity by the Papacy, and is given for distinguished service to the Catholic Church.

Marati has two daughters, Jessica and Livia.

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