Emanuel (Manny) Mori is the seventh President of the Federated States of Micronesia. He was first selected to the Presidency by the 15th FSM Congress on May 11, 2007. The 17th FSM Congress selected him for a second term of office on May 11, 2011 after Chuuk State re-elected him as the at-large representative to the FSM Congress during the FSM general election two months earlier.
President Mori has a collage of financial management experiences in the private sector and brings a realistic, no-nonsense approach to his services as an elected public official. He is regarded highly amongst his colleagues for his candid and often tenacious approach to fiscal discipline.
President Mori was born December 25, 1948, on Fefen Island in Chuuk State. He graduated from the Xavier High School in Chuuk and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Guam. He began his career in 1974 as Assistant Manager of Citicorp Credit in Guam. In 1976, he became the Deputy Director of Trust Territory Social Security; and from 1978 to 1980, worked as a National Revenue Officer for FSM in Chuuk.
In 1981, President Mori was hired as the comptroller of the new FSM Development Bank. Within three years of joining the bank, Mori was promoted President and Chief Executive Officer of the FSMDB in 1984. In 1997, after sixteen years with the FSMDB, Mori moved to the Bank of the Federated States of Micronesia to take over the post of Executive Vice President of the Bank. Just prior to President Mori coming on board, the Bank of FSM had entered into a “cease and desist” order with national regulators and was up for receivership. President Mori immediately spearheaded a plan to reverse the bank’s $2.5 Million deficit, and one year after implementation, the Bank of FSM became profitable.
President Mori maintained his position as the Executive VP of the Bank of FSM until his election to the Congress of the FSM in 1999. Mr. Mori first entered the political arena as Chuuk State’s at-large Congressman at the 11th FSM Congress where he held dual Vice Chairmanship on the committee of Judiciary and Governmental Operations (J&GO) and the Committee on Health Education and Social Affairs (HESA). In 2001, during the organization of the 12th FSM Congress, President Mori took over Chairmanship of the committee on Ways and Means whilst retaining membership on the committees he had served on during the previous Congress.
In 2003, President Mori went on a hiatus from politics and accepted the position of General Manager and Chief Executive Officer for the ailing Chuuk Public Utilities Corporation. Under his management, the Corporation undertook and successfully executed measures of progressive reform which include the restoration of 24-hour power services to Weno, the capital island of Chuuk State.
The following year, President Mori re-entered the political arena as his home state’s at-large Congressman to the 13th FSM Congress. In that Congress he served again as Vice Chairman of the J&GO Committee and the HESA Committee. During the reorganization of the 14th FSM Congress in 2005, President Mori became the Chairman of the Committee on Resources and Development with membership on the other committees. In his varied career over the years, President Mori had remained a strong supporter of community affairs. He was a member of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce and Chuuk Atawe Club.
President Mori also held memberships on the Board of Directors for the Bank of FSM, the FSM Development Bank and the Pacific Island Development Bank. President Mori had served on the Planning Council for the College of Micronesia-FSM and as a member of the taskforce for the FSM National Government Restructuring. In the 2007 National Election, President Mori was re-elected as the State of Chuuk’s four year representative to the 15th FSM Congress. On May 11, 2007, during the Opening Session of the 15th FSM Congress, Mori was sworn in as the Seventh President of the FSM.
President Mori is married to the former Emma S. Nelson and has four grown daughters from his late wife.