Mr. George B. López, started as the Administration General Manager for the Klamath Tribes on January 11, 2016. He brings extensive professional experience and education to the position. Mr. Lopez earned a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s Degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. While at UC Berkeley he worked his way through school as a substance abuse counselor working in the local high schools providing gang disaffiliation skills to youth working towards recovery.
After graduating from UCB he continued working with youth gangs in the San Francisco/East Bay Area until his return to graduate school at Princeton University. While at Princeton, Mr. Lopez completed his student internship working for U.S. Senator Dodd (D-CT) as his legislative staffer on issues regarding youth gangs and violence and the Children’s Defense Fund as a training facilitator encouraging civic and political leaders to coordinate efforts to reduce youth violence in the United States. He also attended the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City for one year and completed a three month research fellowship at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
After graduating from Princeton University and for eight years, he worked as a Research Associate for Children and Family Futures, Inc., providing strategic planning and evaluation services to public child welfare agencies and alcohol and mental services throughout California.
In 2003 Mr. Lopez began working for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, as the Executive Director of the Washoe Tribal TANF Program; in 2006 he was promoted to Tribal Administrator of the Washoe Tribe which he held until 2012. Afterward, he became the Tribal Administrator for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and most recently served as the Executive Director of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians in Southern California.
George is keenly aware of the need for strengthening and protecting Tribal Nation Sovereignty, and the need to be vigilant of any challenges to the sovereignty of Tribes. He strongly believes in effective policy development and application of the policy for the benefit of Tribal members and for the future generations. His management style is based on objectives and goals with regular review of attainments. George enjoys bike riding, jogging, reading and learning the history of the local area and Tribes, and looks forward to meeting the Tribal Members of the Klamath Tribes.
For more information contact: Mr. Lopez or Tribal Government at 541-783-2219.
Ms. Taylor R. Tupper
Klamath Tribes Public Information/News Dept.
Tribal Administration Office
501 Chiloquin Blvd, Chiloquin, Oregon 97624
Phone: 541-783-2219 ext. 147