Judge David A. Wiseman, President

Judge Wiseman is the President of PEJ. He ascended to the bench in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in March of 2001 and is the fifteenth judge confirmed to sit on the Superior Court since the inception of the Commonwealth in 1978. Judge Wiseman also served the judiciary as a Special Judge from 1995-2001. Both positions required nominations of the Governor subject to the advice and consent of Senate.

Judge Wiseman came to the Northern Mariana Islands in 1977 during the transition period of the former Trust Territory District of the Northern Mariana Islands into the Commonwealth government. He and his wife were U.S. Peace Corps volunteers, and Judge Wiseman served as a Peace Corps attorney first assigned to the pre-Commonwealth, Fifth Marianas District Legislature and then to the pre-Commonwealth Mayor and Municipality of Rota. After his time with the Peace Corps, Judge Wiseman worked for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Commonwealth Legislature as a legal counsel. Subsequently, he entered private practice representing several government agencies before becoming a judge.

Judge Wiseman also served as a designated judge of the U.S. District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands. He served 14 consecutive terms in this position, which is appointed annually by the Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and then, he retired from the bench in 2016.

Jennifer Busch, Treasurer

Ms. Busch is a certified public accountant licensed in Hawaii and the principal of her own firm offering business advisory and accounting services to a broad range of industries. Highlights of her 25 years of accounting experience include serving as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for the restaurant division of Craft Brew Alliance, Controller of Kona Brewing Company, Internal Audit Manager for the Information Technology Audit Group at Tosco Corporation and as Audit Manager for the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Ernst & Young LLP in Phoenix, Arizona. Clients at Ernst & Young included a broad range of industries such as high-tech, financial services, health care and school districts.  Ms. Busch has prior non-profit experience working with Hawaii Montessori Schools and volunteering with a number of philanthropic organizations.

Padmini Pandya, Secretary

Ms. Pandya sits at the intersection of organisational psychology, business strategy, and digital transformation.

She holds four degrees marrying her experience as a corporate strategist, management consultant, and entrepreneur with organizational behaviour, industrial psychology, corporate innovation, M&A, post-merger integration, change management, partnership building, and strategic expansion of multinational corporations.

Ms. Pandya has spoken at South by Southwest and regularly speaks at regional conferences, professional events, and universities regarding digital and organizational transformation, business strategy, talent development, and organizational design.

In her free time, she mentors start-ups in Singapore, works with Female Founders to promote female entrepreneurship and funding, is a Talent Trust charity advisor, a member of Singapore Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising (SWIMMA), Lean In Singapore | Women in Tech, INSEAD, and Boston University alumni organizations.

Ravic Huso, U.S. Ambassador (Retired)

Retired Ambassador Huso served most recently as the U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, directing all aspects of the U.S.-Lao bilateral relations. Prior to his service in Laos, he was the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Ambassador Huso’s previous assignments were to the U.S. Embassies in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Malaysia, and Niger. He also served as the State Department’s Deputy Director and then Director for Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam Affairs.

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