Born and raised in Omak, Washington, Chad is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Chad earned his Bachelor of Arts (’05) in Political Science and History and his Master’s Degree (’14) in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. In May 2019, Chad received his Master’s in Professional Studies in Applied Intelligence with a concentration in Homeland Security. Chad is now a Ph.D. student at St. John’s University pursuing a degree in Homeland Security.
Chad joined the Colville Tribal Gaming Commission as Chairman in October 2020. Previously, Chad was with The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and served in the role of Vice-President of NCAIED and Interim Executive Director of Native Edge Finance, Inc. from October 2018 to December 2021.
For his work, Chad was the recipient of the Arizona Daily Star 40 Under 40 Award 2009, Omicron Delta Kappa Community Service Recognition Award in February 2011, the Children & Family Services Champions for Children & Families Award in April 2011, the University of Arizona Outstanding Young Alumni Volunteer Award in May 2011, and most recently received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Native American 40 Under 40 Award in October 2016.