About Us

The University of Guam Endowment Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports community engagement with research centers of excellence at the University of Guam in the Marianas archipelago of Micronesia. At the core of its mission, the UOG Endowment Foundation assists the philanthropic intentions of donors at all levels of giving by providing guidance for their direct support of the university’s efforts in meeting the challenges that face communities of Guam, Micronesia and the neighboring Asia Pacific regions.

Individual donors include family foundations, corporations, alumni, patrons of the arts, maintainers of indigenous culture and history, and supporters of research in business, science, engineering, and education. Giving back to the community in forms that include informed responses to current challenges: health disparities, ecological threats, coral monitoring, and economic development.

"We need leadership in government, education and business. There are problems that can only be solved by well trained, educated people--education is the key. The future of this territory lies in developing the kind of leadership we need."

~Jesus S. Leon Guerrero  |   Founder, UOG Endowment Foundation


No world-class institution of higher learning can endure without a vehicle for continued development. Thus, the University of Guam Endowment Foundation was created and the Board of Regents formally adopted its Articles of Incorporation on July 28, 1988. Its current ten-member board of directors manages the Foundation’s affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has engaged thousands of individual and corporate donors in support of scholarships, capital improvement, special projects and visiting professorships.



Dr. Wilfred Leon Guerrero - Chairman

John T. Calvo - Vice Chairman

Mr. George Chiu - Treasurer

Dr. Robert A. Underwood - Secretary

Gov. Joseph F. Ada - Director

Mr. Jesse A. Leon Guerrero - Director

Mr. David John - Director

Dr. Said Safabakhsh MD, FACP, FASN - Director

Mrs. Elaine Cruz Jones - Director

Mr. Peter Perez - Director



Melanie Mendiola - Executive Director  |  melanie@uogendowment.org

Brianne L.G. Dunstan - Development Coordinator  |   brianne@uogendowment.org

Myracle Mugol - Development Coordinator | myracle@uogendowment.org

Leiana Naholowa - Development Coordinator | leiana@uogendowment.org

Sarah Grainger - Development Coordinator | sarah@uogendowment.org

Katrina Perez - Accountant | katrina@uogendowment.org