Mr. Jon Fernandez represents the Pacific Islands on the ACS WASC Commission. As Superintendent for the Guam Department of Education, Mr. Jon Fernandez leads the island’s public school system, which is comprised of 41 schools, approximately 31,000 schoolchildren, and 4,000 employees.
Prior to being named Superintendent, Mr. Fernandez resided in the Washington D.C. area for eleven years and served as managing director for the Federal City Council, a non-profit civic organization comprised of over 200 key business and community leaders. Mr. Fernandez was responsible for developing and managing the organization’s major projects, including transportation, economic development, and public education reform partnerships. He worked collaboratively with federal and local government officials, chief executive officers and other senior business leaders, and issue experts in the D.C. area to advance the work of the Council.
Mr. Fernandez also spent time in the public sector, serving in the administration of DC Mayor Anthony A. Williams, first as an economic development analyst and then as policy director. As policy director, Mr. Fernandez was the Mayor’s point person on legislative and policy issues and also the primary liaison to members of the local legislature. Prior to working with the District of Columbia government, Jon served as a Senior Analyst in the Strategic Consulting division of CB Richard Ellis/Torto Wheaton Research, located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mr. Fernandez has an active record of community and civic involvement. He served as board chair for DC Action for Children and the United Way’s DC Regional Council. He was also appointed to the Executive Committee of the D.C. Workforce Investment Council. He has served on the boards of the Latin American Youth Center, YouthBuild Public Charter School, the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, Pre-K for All DC and the Finalist Selection Committee for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. He is also a member of Leadership Greater Washington. Jon has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, a master’s degree from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Arkansas. As an undergraduate, he was elected Phi Beta Kappa and awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship in recognition of his dedication to a career in public service.