Gabriel T. TeSam is a member of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, located in Alpine, CA—one of the nation’s most respected gaming tribes for its entrepreneurial success and political advocacy of economic sovereignty, and for the example it has set for tribal government businesses throughout the nation.
Councilman TeSam was born and raised on the Viejas Reservation, and continues to live there today with his wife of five years and their two children.
After graduating early, with honors from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, California, TeSam spent some time as a Junior Loan Consultant for RKS. In late 2012, he then began a career in construction working for a general contractor specializing in commercial building tenant improvements. In 2013, he was hired by LJS as a Native American Cultural Monitor, where he would work with archeologist to monitor various construction projects throughout San Diego County to verify any artifacts found during ground breaking stages of development.
Councilman TeSam is new to Tribal Council and was recently elected by the Viejas General Council, beginning his first four-year term in January of 2015. There are several key areas he is focusing his efforts on during his first term in office: Education, Cultural Revival/Survival, New Business Development and HUD Programs.