Jillette Leon-Guerrero graduated with summa cum laude honors from the University of Guam in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in Micronesian area studies. She earned a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma in 1991. She holds certifications in genealogical research from the University of Boston, news editing from the University of Southern California and has completed coursework in fundraising management from the Fundraising School at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis. She is currently working toward professional board certification in Genealogical Research.
Currently she is a freelance writer/researcher focusing on the history and culture of Micronesia. Her first book, a historical novel of Guam, is in development and focuses on island life through the eyes of the Leon-Guerrero clan.
Leon-Guerrero was a founding member of the Guam Humanities Council Board of Directors and served as its executive director from 1993 to 1996 and again from 1997 to 2005. Under her leadership, the Guam Humanities Council established Guampedia and successfully obtained federal funding for the planning and development of the online encyclopedia.
Leon-Guerrero’s professional background includes serving as CEO of the American Red Cross Guam during Super Typhoon Paka in 1997, executive director of the Consortium of Pacific Arts and Cultures, a regional organization based in Honolulu, and editor and writer with the Pacific Daily News. She is the immediate past president of the Guam Women’s Club and also serves as its historian.
Leon-Guerrero’s professional background includes nonprofit management and development. In edition to serving as the executive director for the Guam Humanities Council, she served as CEO of the American Red Cross Guam during Super Typhoon Paka in 1997, as well as a stint as executive director of the Consortium of Pacific Arts and Cultures, a regional organization based in Honolulu. She is a past editor and writer with the Pacific Daily News.
Her civic activities include serving as a past president and historian of the Guam Women’s Club, registrar of the Mariana Islands Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Board of Regents, the University of Guam.
Guampedia Entries by Jillette Leon-Guerrero
Anthony A. Leon Guerrero
Emilie Green Johnston
Envisioning the Past: Near Extinction
Eskabeche: Fish with Vegetables in Vinegar
Forzado System and the Mariana Islands
Fritada: Pork, Beef or Venison Blood Stew
Guam Leaders from 1899-1904
Guam Women’s Club
Guihan: Barbecued Fish
Joseph Charles Murphy
La Nao de China: The Spanish Treasure Fleet System
Lagrimas Leon Guerrero Untalan
Latiya: Vanilla Custard Spongecake
Mariana Leon Guerrero Lujan
Pång’lao: Stuffed Land Crab