Mark Macarro leads the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians as tribal chairman, an elected post he has held since 2002. He aspires to ensure political self-determination and economic well-being for the Pechanga people. For his efforts, Mark Macarro was named the 50th most influential player in state politics in 2016 by Capitol Weekly, an online political news website published by nonprofit Open California.
Established to expand upon the mission of Capitol Weekly, Open California seeks to inform California residents about state governance within the state. The nonprofit publishes nonpartisan articles on political issues and hosts discussions on public policy in California. Other projects that Open California manages include The Roundup, a daily e-newsletter detailing the latest issues in Sacramento; The Top 100, an annual listing of the biggest non-elected political players in Sacramento; and Politics on Tap, a twice-weekly television and online talk show covering the most recent hot-button issues in politics.