Jacob Nena (10 October 1941 – 6 July 2022) was a Micronesian politician who served as the fourth President of the Federated States of Micronesia from 1996 to 1999.

Jacob Nena
President of Micronesia
In office
8 May 1997 – 11 May 1999
Acting: 8 November 1996 – 8 May 1997
Vice PresidentLeo Falcam
Preceded byBailey Olter
Succeeded byLeo Falcam
Vice President of Micronesia
In office
11 May 1991 – 8 November 1996
PresidentBailey Olter
Preceded byHiroshi Ismael
Succeeded byLeo Falcam
Governor of Kosrae
In office
1 January 1979 – 3 January 1983
DeputyYosiwo George
Kan Sigrah
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byYosiwo George
Personal details
Born(1941-10-10)10 October 1941
Lelu, South Seas Mandate
Died6 July 2022(2022-07-06) (aged 80)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Political partyIndependent
SpouseLerina Nena
Alma materUniversity of Hawaii

Nena was born in Lelu, Kosrae. He graduated with a BA from the College of Guam and later graduated with an MA degree from University of Hawaii at Manoa.[1] He served as deputy district administrator of Kosrae from 1970 to 1977. He became the first elected Governor of Kosrae from 1979 to 1983.[1]

Nena served as Vice President under Bailey Olter from 1991;[1] after Olter suffered a stroke in July 1996, Nena took over as acting president on 8 November of that year and was sworn in as president on 8 May 1997, serving out the remaining two years of Olter's term.[2] Nena died in Sacramento, California on 6 July 2022 at the age of 80.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia in Washington, D.C. "In Memoriam: The Honorable Jacob Nena – FSM Embassy".
  2. ^ "Nena Sworn into FSM Presidency". www.fsmgov.org. 12 May 1997. Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  3. ^ Congressional Resolution 22-140 Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia
  4. ^ Clark, Richard (6 July 2022). "In Memoriam: The Honorable Jacob Nena". gov.fm. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
Political offices
Preceded by President of the Federated States of Micronesia
8 May 1997 – 1999
Succeeded by