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Rhonda Welch-Scalco
Commissioner, Barona Band of Mission Indians Gaming Commission and Former Tribal Chairwoman

CSU Northridge

Child Development (1991)

San Diego State​

Special Education (1994)
  • One of the few women to be voted tribal leader for the Barona Band of Mission Indians.
  • During her tenure, the tribe donated millions to education and healthcare facilities, infrastructure, and the environment. She is committed to promoting the importance of higher education to tribal members.
  • Perhaps best known for precedent-setting efforts to improve tribal relations with neighbors and local government. Working in collaboration with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, she initiated a $6 million road improvement project funded jointly by the tribe and the county government.

Notable CSU Alumni in public service

public service
Northridge; San Diego