Mary A. Young Okada
Mary A. Young Okada is the first woman president and chief executive officer of Guam Community College. After holding previous positions at the college as vice-president of financial affairs, controller and general accounting supervisor, Okada was instrumental in having the college receive, for twelve consecutive years, a qualified status with a low-risk audit with no unresolved prior-year audit findings or questionable costs.
As GCC president, Okada has successfully sought and secured federal funding support expansion and upgrading of the physical plant of the campus.Okada, a graduate of Notre Dame High School, received her bachelor’s of business administration in business and management and her master’s in public administration from UOG and her doctorate in educational leadership online from the University of Phoenix in 2009.
Okada started working at GCC in 1992 as an accountant, leaving Guam in 2001 with her husband for his job. She returned to Guam in 2003 and worked at Guam DOE until she was hired as the vice-president at GCC in 2005 and was promoted to the presidency in 2007.
Okada was born in 1964 to Joe Edward Young and Dolores Maria Quan and is the third of five children. Married to David S. Okada, she has two children, Tyeara Lumiere Camacho and Kimie Alise Okada.