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PALIKIR, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM Information Service)---President Leo A. Falcam submitted to Congress on February 19, 2001 his nomination of Deputy Secretary Ieske Kiesi Iehsi for Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for the Federated States of Micronesia.

Deputy Secretary Iehsi has been serving as Acting Secretary for DFA since the resignation of former Secretary Epel K. Ilon on December 8, 2000.

President Falcam’s nomination letter to Congress noted that Iehsi’s background and current responsibilities "uniquely qualify" him for this important position. Iehsi brings with him a wealth of employment experiences and major educational accomplishments.

His nomination now awaits Congress’s confirmation.

A Pingelap native, Ieshi was born January 4, 1955. His educational background began at Pingelap elementary while his high school years were spent as an American Field Service (AFS) exchange student at Plattville High School in Wisconsin.

In 1977, Iehsi graduated from University of Hawai‘i with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He returned home and spent the next 16 years working for the government in various capacities.

In 1994, Iehsi went back to school to pursue a Master’s from Harvard University-JFK School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1995 with a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Iehsi has spent over 20 years as a public servant both at the state and national levels. Beginning in 1977, he worked with the Congress of Micronesia under the Trust Territory and was appointed by President Nakayama in 1979 as FSM’s Liaison Officer. In that capacity, Iehsi coordinated the transfer of governmental functions and property from the TTPI to the FSM National Government in Pohnpei.

Under the governmental transfer, Iehsi continued his services at the national government with the FSM Attorney General as office manager. In 1982, he joined the executive staff of the President as special assistant on legislative matters until 1987 when he was promoted to Chief of Staff. Then, in 1992, he joined the department of external affairs as the Chief of Protocol during which he went to Harvard University for further studies.

Following his return from Harvard in 1995, Ieshi served as a special assistant to the governor of Pohnpei state until 1997, when he rejoined the Department of Foreign Affairs as the Deputy Secretary.

Throughout his career, Iehsi has been active in civic affairs and all three levels of government. At the national level, he was vice chairman of the Micronesia Maritime Authority from 1988 – 1991. At the state level, he co-organized the first Pohnpei State Economic Summit in 1996. He has served in decision-making roles at both the state and municipal levels. In addition, he is a member of the Municipal Council of Pingelap, and an active member of the church community.

Iehsi is married to the former Merihne John and they have five children.

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