Councilwoman Catalina Chacon is currently the only woman on the Pechanga Tribal Council. She was elected by her tribal membership in July of 2012 and is currently serving her fifth term.
A natural-born leader, it has been a personal, lifelong goal of Catalina’s to take her aptitude for continuous improvement through hard work and give back to her tribe. Catalina did just that when she decided to leave the corporate world and eagerly leaped into her tribal career.
Catalina’s desire for constant growth has led her to become an Indian Expert for Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases where she strives to keep American Indian children with American Indian families.
Catalina was recently appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls by Senate Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). She also serves as Vice Chair of Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN) and Treasurer of California Tribal Families Coalition (CTFC). In 2018, Catalina was named the Woman of the Year by Marie Waldron (75th Assembly District).
In describing her philosophy statement, Catalina enjoys quoting Deepak Chopra in saying, “Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone.” This quote directly relates back to Catalina’s view of Pechanga’s beautiful ability to constantly come together as a tribe, in order to preserve our cultural uniqueness, as well as flourish into a self-sufficient, successful people who continue to strive for overall betterment for each and every Pechanga tribal member.
Catalina currently resides in Temecula and enjoys spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren, Justin, Ava, Ella, Ryker and River.