Interim chair Jonathan Pangelinan Del Rosario Cabrera has been a member of the party since 2010 and has served as party secretary twice. A 2012 CNMI Public School System Teacher of the Year, Cabrera has taught students at Saipan Southern High School and the Northern Marianas College and recently completed a Master of Divinity at Brite Divinity School (Fort Worth, Texas). Cabrera is proud to be the first queer person to lead a major political party in the CNMI.
Interim vice chair Luella Ichihara Marciano, M.Ed., began her tenure as secretary of the party in 2020. A retired PSS educator, Marciano ran for office in 2020 and has since remained a loyal member of the party. She serves on the Women’s Committee, the Logistics Committee, and the Strategy Committee, all while remaining active in our community as a member of Refaluwasch for Good Governance and the Friends of San Isidro.
Interim treasurer Shawna Indalecio has over 15 years of experience in administrative and customer service, and in financial management. She has been actively engaged in various community-based and volunteer organizations and remains committed to her community and to public service. She looks forward to doing her part to better the CNMI and serve her people as a leader in the Democratic Party.
Interim secretary Melia K. Johnson has taught hula for over 30 years and has owned and managed her own dance company for over a decade and thus brings to this position cultural and business acumen. A wife and a mother of four, Johnson is committed to public service, to the flourishing of the arts in the community, and to improving the lives of all the people of the CNMI.
After three years at the helm of the Democratic Party of the Northern Mariana Islands, Nola Kileleman Hix relocated to Guam, and stepped down as party chair to Executive Director. The year 2020 was seen as one of the greatest political success stories in the CNMI, and for Democrats across the country as Hix’s transformative leadership resulted in the election of 12 Democrats across the House and Senate. The CNMI was under Republican rule for over three decades to where the NMI Democrats went from 0 to12 forming a super-majority in both the House and Senate.
Deputy Executive Director
DNC National Committeewoman
Former Rep. Tina Sablan (D-Saipan) joined Hix at the Democratic National Committee’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C., where she met with key members of the DNC including chairman Jaime Harrison, Association of State Democratic Chairs/ASDC president Ken Martin, officers and members from the Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus, the Women’s Caucus, and the Western Regional Caucus who pledged their support for Sablan and lieutenant governor candidate Rep. Leila Staffler’s historic campaign.
DNC National Committeeman
Also at the March 2022 DNC meeting, was Michael White, who serves as the party’s National Committeeman. For the first time in DNC history, a committeeman from the territories was elected to two DNC councils, the Seniors and Climate Councils. White was also elected to an at-large position within the DNC’s Western Caucus.