Tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians for more than 15 years, Mark Macarro was 39th on Capitol Weekly’s list of the top 100 political movers and shakers in California. 2013 marks Macarro’s third appearance on the list, after placing 66th in 2010 and 48th in 2011. In addition to his work for tribal gaming, Mark Macarro is a board member of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
Established in 1987 by professors Stephen Cornell and Joseph Kalt, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development works to promote applied research and service for tribal social and economic development. The Harvard Project’s general findings include the impact of sovereignty, institutions, culture, and leadership on Native Americans across the country. In conjunction with the Native Nations Institute, the Harvard Project offers multimedia lectures and other educational resources for teachers and organizations. It also strives to educate the public and governments on issues affecting indigenous peoples.