Santiago Jimmy Mellado

Santiago Jimmy Mellado

Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado was born in El Salvador and has served on Compassion International’s Board of Directors since 2013, when he was appointed president and chief executive officer. Jimmy graduated cum laude with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in Allston, MA.

Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado


Jimmy Mellado

President and Chief Executive Officer of Compassion International Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado is passionate about Compassion’s church-based approach to rescuing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

The son of an engineer, Jimmy spent his childhood in the developing world and saw firsthand the powerful impact thriving local churches can have on their communities, especially in under-resourced environments.

Before taking office as CEO of Compassion International in September 2013, Jimmy served for 20 years as the president of the Willow Creek Association.