Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga was sworn in as governor of America Samoa on January 3, 2013, and was sworn in for his second term on January 3, 2017.
Moliga was born in Ta’u, Manu’a, American Samoa. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Chadron State College in Nebraska and master’s degree in public administration from San Diego State University. Moliga began his career as a teacher. He went on to become an elementary and secondary education administrator within the American Samoan Department of Education.
Moliga also served as director of the American Samoa Government Budget Office, as well as American Samoa’s chief procurement officer for two terms. He was elected to the American Samoa House of Representatives for four terms and later became a senator, serving as senate president. He was appointed president of the Development Bank of American Samoa by Governor Togiola Tulafono and confirmed by the Senate.
Cynthia Malala Moliga, first lady of American Samoa, was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She studied at both Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and Chaminade University in Hawaii, where she received her bachelor’s degree.
Mrs. Moliga’s professional background and work experience involve education, outreach, employment training and social services. She has served as a teacher in Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Puerto Rico. After relocating to Arizona, she also worked in support of Native Americans for five years.
Upon moving to American Samoa, Mrs. Moliga taught briefly at Samoana High School before starting a dedicated career with the American Samoa Department of Human Resources (DHR). During her tenure with DHR, she served as a program manager in the social services division and later as an employment trainer and career development specialist and facilitator in the employment and training division. Mrs. Moliga later served as a program manager for the American Samoa Department of Youth & Women’s Affairs.
The first lady is a member of the American Samoa Organization on Aging, whose mission is to advocate for the needs, concerns and quality of life of the elderly population of the territory.
The first lady and her husband, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, value this opportunity to work with the local government and community leaders in serving the people of American Samoa. They are the proud parents of two daughters and grandparents to two grandsons.