Nominees appointed to head up TEO and Development Bank
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga made two appointments yesterday; naming Ruth Matagi Fa’atili as the Acting President for the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) and Ali’itama Sotoa to oversee the Territorial Energy Office.
These appointments were announced in a General Memorandum issued yesterday afternoon, and the names of these appointees will be submitted to the Fono for confirmation. While Fa’atili needs only Senate approval, Sotoa needs both the House and Senate approval for confirmation.
RUTH MATAGI FA’ATILI
Fa’atili has been working with DBAS for ten years, where her most recent position was manager for the Collection Division.
“I’m very humbled with the Governor’s appointment,” she told Samoa News. Matagi-Fa’atili holds a BA in Finance from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Public Administration & Human Resources from San Diego State University. She also holds a certificate from the Department of Interior’s Executive Leadership Development Program.
According to Matagi-Fa’atili she’s been in the banking business for over 15 years including ten of those years with DBAS. She’s married to Fa’atili Auma Jr with three children.
Samoa News points out that Ruth Matagi Fa’atili is the niece of Ruth Matagi Tofiga, DMWR’s Director. Jason Betham has been Acting DBAS President, prior to the appointment of Fa’atili.
According to Sotoa’s resume, he has 36 years of experience in engineering, design, procurement, construction and management of major overhead and underground transmission and distribution facilities, renewable energy as well as major developer driven projects with San Diego Gas & Electric Company from where he retired December 2013.
Sotoa is the son of Logona Sotoa of Ta’u, Manu’a and Eseta Amituana’i Talamaivao Faumuina Fagaalu.
In response to Samoa News queries, Sotoa stated that he’s thankful and grateful for the appointment and said what an honor it is for him to accept this great opportunity to serve the government and the people of American Samoa.
Sotoa said he received the call from the Governor’s Executive Assistant; Iulogologo Joseph Pereira for this position and this reaffirmed his dream of 17 years ago to return to American Samoa to serve his people.
Sotoa remembered what his grandfather the late Rapi Sotoa told him years ago, “Son, I trust that you will be successful when you go off island to the United States of America establishing a new life in education, a career, family, church, community… remember to keep your faith in God and you will be rewarded,” adding, “ Please come back home and serve your family, government and the people.”
Prior to returning to American Samoa, Sotoa was Senior Engineering & Design Advisor, and Project Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric Company, where he developed expertise in Project Management. There he provided management in planning, engineering and design, construction and implementation for a variety of large multi-million and billion dollar projects that had a major impact on the company’s generation, transmission and distribution operations.
Sotoa graduated from the University of California in San Diego in 1972 with a degree in Mathematics, Political Science / Urban & Rural Studies. In 1993 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, College of Engineering & Applied Science, Center for Continuing Electrical Engineering Education and in 2000 graduated from the University of San Diego, College of Business Administration where he attained a Masters of Science in Executive Leadership.
Former Acting Director of TEO Timothy Jones stepped down as Director after the Senate twice rejected him.