Leo Pangelinan was hired to lead the Northern Marianas Humanities Council as its executive director in 2018. In addition to fulfilling the Council’s mission to navigate the human experiences of the indigenous and diverse peoples of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Pangelinan actively participates in regional and national activities to advance the humanities. In 2019, Pangelinan co-hosted the National Humanities Conference together with his colleagues from the three other Pacific regional councils. In the past two years, he has served on the FSHC’s Presidential Search Committee and NEH Formula Working Group. In 2021, Pangelinan participated on a panel hosted by America 250 to promote awareness of U.S. jurisdictions and perspectives on the commemoration and celebration of the U.S. Semiquincentennial.