A celebrated and experienced professional, Mark Macarro possesses decades of experience as an educator, community leader, and activist. He formerly functioned as the Program Manager for the Rincon Reservation library and museum. Mark Macarro also served as the Director of Youth Education at the Soboba Reservation’s Noli Indian School. His other academic roles included Grants/Contract Administrator and substitute teacher.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mark Macarro serves as the elected Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. Macarro received his first election to the Pechanga Tribal Council in 1992. He began serving as the Tribal Chairman in 1995 and continues to carry out his vision of a self-sufficient and culturally relevant band.
A native of Colton, California, Mark Macarro comes from a rich legacy within the Pechanga Tribe. His great-grandfather held a Tribal Chairman position for the Pechanga Band. His father, also a member of the Pechanga Tribe, died in the line of duty while working as a peace officer. Macarro now carries on the legacy of his family as a leading member of the tribe.
Mark Macarro continues to receive accolades for his work and leadership. In 2008, he attended the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, as a Delegate. Additionally, he served as a member of the Electoral College representing California. In addition to serving in various civic engagement capacities, Macarro received the Pathbreaker Award at the conference for the 20th anniversary of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.