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Makerusa “Mak” Porotesano
Makerusa “Mak” Porotesano

Makerusa is a native of Portland, OR by way of St. Johns North Portland. He is a 2nd generation American Samoan from the village of Fogagogo. Mak, as he is commonly known, is a former undergraduate (Class of 2008) and student leader of Portland State University (PSU). In 2015, Mak received his Masters in Education from Chaminade University of Honolulu where he also served as Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development from 2010-2015. Before leaving to Hawaii Mak worked at Portland Community College (PCC) Sylvania Campus as the Coordinator of the Men of Color (MOC) Mentoring Program in its initial trial years from 2009-2010. The MOC program became a fully funded program after his two years with the program.

Makerusa is joining PSU by way of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) where he managed the office of Continuing Education and Campus LIfe at  the University of the South Pacific (USP). As a former community organizer in Oregon for both Asian and Pacific Islander communities, Mak looks to pick up where he left off with his work with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and the Pacific Islander Student Alliance (PISA) a group he co-founded as a student at PSU. 

Makerusa is the son of Litia Porotesano of Aoloau and Taua Taua Jr of Aoa in American Samoa. He enjoys playing the guitar and is a huge Trail Blazer fan. He and his partner Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner have a two year old daughter Matafele.