Elected in 2015, Rene Curo is proud to be serving her first term in office.
Prior to being elected as tribal secretary, Curo was employed at the Tribal Government offices as Environmental Specialist to the Tribal Environmental Coordinator. Her main focus was to ensure department projects were in compliance and meeting all grant requirements which required she was trained and skilled in programs related to environmental air quality, recycling, climate change, and other issues pertaining to natural resources in and around the reservation. She was also required to research environmental issues that had the potential of impacting the tribal community and, in turn, was required to recommend and coordinate the development of new programs.
Previous to this, Curo worked at the Viejas Casino & Resort as a guest service dispatch. She was responsible for dispatching information to casino hosts and slot operations team members. She was required to consistently keep current and maintain knowledge of casino floor design, ensuring efficiencies for casino hosts and slot operation teams.
Curo comes from a long line of tribal leaders, her grandfather, aunt and cousins previously served on tribal council – her brother was the tribal treasurer from 2000 to 2010.
As the newly elected tribal secretary, Curo’s focus is on education, the tribal community, land and environmental issues as well as preserving the Kumeyaay culture.
She maintains her youthfulness and energy by spending all of her spare time with her extended family. She has 8 children and 9 grandchildren, and another grandchild on the way.