Gregory Mendoza is the 21st Governor of the Gila River Indian Community and the youngest elected to this office. He is the son of Joseph Mendoza and the late-Brenda Mendoza and resides in the village of Valin Thak (Goodyear) located in District Four of the Gila River Indian Reservation.
Gregory served on the Gila River Indian Community Council for seven months prior to being elected Governor. During his tenure as Councilman, he was appointed as Chairman of the Education Standing Committee and a member of the Legislative Standing Committee. Preceding his Community Council service Mendoza was Chief of Staff to Governor William R. Rhodes, a position he held for almost six years.
Mendoza became interested in politics while teaching government fundamentals to multiple generations of youth as the Co-founder and Director to the nationally recognized Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council.
Gregory holds an Associate Degree in Tribal Management and Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1986, Gregory was named as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America and is the 1987 recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal for academic achievement and service.
Mendoza serves on numerous non-profit boards that specialize in education, youth development, advocacy and public policy services for tribal government and non-profit organizations. Gregory has spent his entire professional life in community service and is dedicated to promoting education and creating new opportunities for the Gila River Indian Community tribal members to flourish.
He avidly supports building an environment in which the Akimel O’odham & Pee Posh people can thrive and achieve a stronger sense of self-worth as individuals and who can reach higher levels of health and wellness and become more actively engaged in building a stronger and healthier Community.
Gregory is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His dedication to community service and his faith in Heavenly Father continues to guide him in his administration as Governor of the Gila River Indian Community.
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