Rita P. Nauta
Part of the Galaide, Diaz and Kotla clans of Sånta Rita-Sumai and ancestral village of Sumay,Guam, Rita Pangelinan Nauta has been serving Guam’s on-line resource, Guampedia.com, as Managing Director since 2011.
Her focus has been on community outreach, creating initiatives, partnerships and projects to continue building content and sustain the community-based project. Her more than 25 years of experience in marketing communications encompassed local, regional and global markets.
Having coordinated local and international marketing initiatives for the Guam Economic Development Authority for nine years, she has also managed the production and coordination of a myriad of product and service launches including Guampedia and community-based initiatives over the last 16 years. Initially a consultant for Guampedia from 2004-2006, Nauta served as a founding board member when the organization established as a nonprofit in 2009.
Her passion for Chamorro culture and heritage led her to co-produce and direct Guampedia.com’s short film, I Tinituhon: Puntan yan Fu’una to launch the website in 2008. Other Guampedia production include the documentary, Hasso, I Guinahan Guahan: Guam’s Unique Sense of Place and the Voices of Our Elders vignettes.
Nauta has also been involved in local and featured productions from script writing and cultural consulting for the new Guam Museum’s origin film, “I Hinanaota,” to production assistance and local liaison for Amazing Race, Destination Truth, and Beachfront Bargain Hunt. Since 2002, Nauta has parlayed her marketing and communication skills into conducting professional development training in Guam, Saipan and Palau.
Nauta has served the community in other aspects, most recently as an appointee of the Speaker of the 35th Guam Legislature to the Guam Trade Commission, Co-chair of the Cultural, Heritage & Environment Committee for the Pacific Asia Travel Association, Micronesia Chapter, member of the steering committee for the Marianas History Conferences (1st through 5th), and part of the Grant Review Committee for the Guam Council of the Arts & Humanities Agency (FY2018 through FY2020).
Fluent in Chamorro and English, Nauta received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach in 1987. Born on Guam in 1965, she is the 13th child of Francisco Sablan Pangelinan (dec.), Familian Kotla, and Engracia Cruz Diaz Pangelinan (dec.), Familian Galaide, mother of three adult children, and married since 1993.