Treasurer | Pechanga Development Corporation
Andrew Masiel is the Treasurer for Pechanga Development Corporation (PDC). Andrew is currently serving his third term. Mr. Masiel began his service for PDC in December 2016 to present and serves the people of the Pechanga Band by overseeing all aspects of economic development, gaming and non-gaming and businesses for the award winning Pechanga Resort & Casino, Pechanga RV Resort, Pechanga Gas Station and Great Oak Marketplace.
As a Board of Director for Pechanga Development Corporation, Mr. Masiel was instrumental in the decision process for Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Eagle IV expansion project. A $285 million expansion to the existing hotel and casino which added a 4-Diamond hotel tower of 568 additional guest rooms bringing a total amount of guest rooms to 1,100; the Summit, a new events center, a State of the Art Spa, a resort-style pool complex and 1882 lobby bar and restaurant. Andrew was also in the decision process to purchase the Temecula Creek Inn Resort and Golf Course as well as acquiring the naming rights to what was formerly called Valley View Casino Center to what is now known as Pechanga Arena in San Diego. In addition to Pechanga styled sponsorships we secured sponsorship rights to SoFi Stadium for the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Andrew has devoted 35 years of his life to serving California tribal governments, accumulating extensive experience in tribal economic development and financing for tribal government projects. Prior to being elected by general membership to serve on the Board for PDC, Mr. Masiel also was a Councilman for Pechanga’s Tribal Government and served on a variety of committees, overseeing tribal programs and projects. Mr. Masiel held his position as Tribal Councilman for several years beginning in 1996 through his last year in 2015. Mr. Masiel also worked as Tribal Administrator to the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians and the Pauma Band of Mission Indians. Andrew served as Business Manager of the Pala Indian Tribe and Planning Director for the Reservation Transportation Authority (RTA) a consortium of 22 Southern California Tribes.
In 1987, Mr. Masiel was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the California Public Utilities Advisory Board, co-founded and chaired the first Native American Caucus for the California State Democratic Party in 1988 and was a 2016 Democratic Candidate for District 75 of the California State Assembly.
Andrew’s commitment to California Native Americans led him to serve the California Nations Indian Gaming Association as its elected Treasurer. He also chaired the Indian Dispute Resolution Services Advisory Committee to the Youth Caucus, a program that instructs and empowers Indian youth in California to take an active role in monitoring California policy making. Mr. Masiel also served on the Board of Directors of California Indian Legal Services for eleven years, five of which were Chairman of the Board. Masiel served with the National Center for American Indians Enterprise Development for eleven years and has also held appointments as the Tribal Representative for the Southern California Association of Governments and the Cal Trans Advisory Board. Mr. Masiel currently serves on the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Board, California Office of Problem Gambling and Citizen’s Oversight Committee through Mt. San Jacinto College.
Andrew has been happily married to Gloria for 45 years. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. Both of Andrew and Gloria’s adult children work for the Tribe. Andrew Jr. is the Principal for Pechanga’s Tribal School and Myra is the Tribe’s Anthropologist/Curator Resource Coordinator. Andrew and Gloria live in Temecula.