CILS Board of Trustees 2012

The new year begins with a new CILS Board Chair.  Rachel A. Joseph, was seated as the Chair on September 3, 2011.

Ms. Joseph is an enrolled member of the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe and served as the Tribe’s Chairwoman and Vice-Chairwoman.

Rachel is a retired lobbyist of the California Teachers Association; and, other employment included, American Indian Coordinator in the Office of the Governor; Executive Director for the California Urban Indian Health Council; Director of the Inter-Tribal Council of California Manpower Consortium (now California Indian Manpower Consortium); Director of Program Operations for the Inter-Tribal Council of California; and, Interim Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians.  Rachel has had numerous political appointments including the Utah Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Rachel has received numerous awards and recognition which include the Civil Rights in Education Award (Leo Reano) from the National Education Association; Role Model (Women’s History Month) from the California State Legislature, the Jake White Crow Award from the National Indian Health Board and, in 2009, the Native American Leadership Award from the National Congress of American Indians.

Rachel graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a B.S. in Social Work and a minor in Psychology; and did extensive graduate study at BYU and in the College of Business at the University of Utah.  Rachel is the mother of a daughter and three sons; and, nine terrific grandchildren.