Tishmall Turner is a Tribal member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and currently serving her second term as Vice Chair for the Tribe.
Ms. Turner is also the first full time California Indian appointed as Tribal Liaison in the California State University System. She is responsible for coordinating activities that link California State University San Marcos to the many tribal communities in the region. She provides guidance and assistance to the University President and other University administrators, faculty and staff regarding tribal events, issues, educational needs, and protocol. She has also been instrumental in assisting faculty to establish the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at the University.
Vice Chair Turner is a Council delegate to the Tribal Enterprise Board, which oversees the tribe’s gaming business, Harrah’s Resort Southern CA, one of the largest tribal resort hotels in California. She also serves on the Palomar Health Foundation Board of Directors, the California Department of Social Services Tribal Advisory Council, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian Advisory Council.
Her professional memberships include the National Indian Education Association, Leadership North County Alumni Association, Leadership California Alumni, and an honorary member of the All Tribes American Indian Charter School Future Farmers of America. She has assisted in publishing children’s books and annual calendars in the Luiseño language.
Ms. Turner holds a Bachelor and Master Degrees in Business Administration.