Samuel Q. Brown was elected in 2011 as the Viejas Tribal Treasurer, this represents his third term in office. As Tribal Treasurer, he oversees tribal finances, coordinates tribal business and government budgets, and monitors all income and expenses. He also represents the tribe in the pursuit of economic development to ensure a sound financial future.
Treasurer Brown is the eldest child of Samuel I. and Remie Brown, grandson of Ed and Eleanor Brown. He grew up on the Viejas Indian Reservation and was born with a strong work ethic, holding down a job during both middle and high school. His various after school jobs included working for the Viejas owned Mar-Tar-Awa Campground, as a teacher’s aide for the Viejas Indian School, a dishwasher and a grocery clerk. Treasurer Brown graduated from Granite Hills High School in 1991. He then attended Grossmont and Cuyamaca Community Colleges, transferring to SDSU where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1996.
While at SDSU, Treasurer Brown tutored local Native American high school students in an after-school program. He also served two years as President of the Native American Student Alliance helping organize the SDSU Pow Wow and Native American Student Recruitment Conference. Brown’s father held the same position 25 years prior.
With a firm belief in continuing education, Treasurer Brown has attended classes in Bird Singing, Business, Italian, Spanish, and Photography in his spare time. In 2001, Brown joined the teaching staff at DQ University where he taught Mathematics. In the summer of 2010, he began working in the Viejas Enterprises, Marketing and Project Development departments under the Viejas Internship Program where he gained knowledge and valuable skills in casino and business operations. Treasurer Brown also returned to school and obtained an additional Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality & Casino Management from National University where he graduated cum laude in 2013.
Treasurer Brown has a daughter, Isabella, and enjoys spending the majority of his spare time with her. His hobbies include snow skiing, running half marathons and working out.