Escondido, CA – January 11, 2016: The CILS Board of Trustees selected Jim Ham, a former member of the Board of Trustees and law partner at Pansky Markle Ham LLP, and Mary Ann Andreas, the Vice Chairperson at Morongo, as Co-Chairs of the newly formed Advisory Board.

“The next several years promise to be exciting ones for CILS,” said Dorothy Alther, Executive Director of CILS. “The organization will continue to have a positive impact on the communities we serve and the Advisory Board will play a central role in this important work.”

Jim Ham, Co-Chair of the CILS Advisory Board stated, “This board was established to provide non-policy support to both the Board of Trustees and Staff, particularly in the areas of resource development and public relations. The Advisory Board’s purpose is to lend expertise and experience to CILS, represent CILS in the community, contribute to CILS’ financial development and involve others in the positive work of CILS.”

The Advisory Board will include individuals with strong reputations and leadership experience within Indian Country, senior law firm management, former Board and staff members, and other interested and engaged individuals who have a firm commitment to the work and values of CILS in improving the quality of life for all California Indians.

Interested in helping CILS defend cultural traditions, protect the integrity of Native American families and communities, and champion human right? CILS is looking for additional Advisory Board members.