Victor E. Woods has served the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay as Vice Chairman since 2015. He is now serving his second term in office and previously served as a councilman in 2011. His passion for serving comes from his family as his father, great uncle and cousin served terms as chairman, and several of his family members have held various positions on the Viejas Tribal Council.
He spent his early childhood on the Viejas Indian Reservation and maintained close ties to his community after his family moved to northern San Diego County during his formative years. He returned to the Viejas Indian Reservation in the late 1980’s as a full-time resident bringing with him extensive experience in the Hospitality and Corporate worlds. As Vice Chairman, his focus is on the daily operations of the Viejas Tribal Government and he is committed to ensuring excellence in all departments, programs, and business activities of the Viejas tribe.
As a Councilman, his areas of responsibilities included working with Tribal Security, Viejas Fire Department, All Mission Indian Housing Authority (AMIHA), Internet gaming and advocacy. He is among the first group of employees of the Viejas Casino; specifically employee number 800 in the Food & Beverage Department. While learning front and back of the house operations he served the tribe on several committees including Enrollment, Wellness, Housing, Hotel, and Finance.
Vice Chairman Woods was called to serve and prides himself on listening to what the community desires and strives to bridge the gap between the Viejas People and Tribal Government. On a more personal level, he is most proud to have overcome difficult circumstances he has faced in life. An avid adventurer, he enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures. He balances his commitment to the Viejas community and an explorer’s spirit with passion, sensitivity and a bit of humor to get the job done. As much as he loves his next adventure, he enjoys most the time spent with his family and those he proudly serves.