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Santiago Mellado

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Years active  2013–present
Religion  Christianity

Name  Santiago Mellado
Alma mater  Harvard University
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Full Name  Santiago Heriberto Mellado
Born  April 6, 1963 (age 52) (1963-04-06) El Salvador
Occupation  President and CEO of Compassion International

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Santiago Heriberto Mellado (born April 6, 1963), sometimes known as Jim, Jimmy, or James Mellado, is the President and CEO of Compassion International, a Christian child sponsorship organization dedicated to the long-term development of children living in poverty around the world, which is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mellado previously served as President of the Willow Creek Association (WCA) in South Barrington, Illinois, from 1993 to 2013. He also competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics as a decathlete and is on the board of directors of the Al Oerter Foundation which runs the Art of the Olympians program.


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Mellado is a 1991 graduate of Harvard Business School. While a student at Harvard, he wrote a case study on the Willow Creek Community Church which has become a part of the curriculum at Harvard Business School.

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He graduated cum laude with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Olympic Games

Mellado competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, representing his birth nation, El Salvador, in the decathlon. He placed 26th, but set national records for the highest-ever performance in the decathlon, men's high jump, 110m high hurdles, and pole vault. The decathlon record still stands as of March 2014.

A year before that he competed in the 1987 Pan American Games and placed fourth in the decathlon.

Compassion International

Mellado became the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Compassion International in 2013 when he replaced retiring CEO Wess Stafford.


He and his wife, Leanne, were married in 1986. They have three children and reside in Colorado.


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