Gail K. Pechuli is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and a former Board Member for the College. She is from the Peridot District and was born and raised on the San Carlos Apache reservation. Her paternal grandfather was the late Sampson K. Pechuli. Her maternal grandmother was Agnes (Porter) Pechuli. Her parents are Norbert and Lillie (Modless) Pechuli. Gail’s paternal clan is “Surrounded by Rocks” (Tsēē binazt’i’ é) and her maternal clan is “Red Willow” (Käi’n Chin). Her lineage can be traced to the Apache Kid.
Gail is a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Federal and Foreign Service employed by various U.S. Departments in the fields of wildland fire training, contracts and grants, congressional affairs, financial management, regulatory in terrorist financing/anti-money laundering, human rights and foreign policy. She has traveled extensively abroad and speaks five languages. Gail has represented United States as a Delegate to the United Nations, American Organizations of States, and the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation.
For her career efforts, Gail was recognized as an “Aspiring Leader” by the National Interagency Fire Center. She was nominated for the U.S. Department of Treasury’s “Distinguished Employee of the Year” on her charge for engagement with foreign counterparts after 9/11. Gail was a Merit Award recipient conferred by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her leadership to undertake a national tribal capacity building initiative that resulted in President Obama’s support of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. For the first time in history, Indigenous People’s rights to exist was declared a legal right.
Gail is a member of the Native American Journalism Association, Alpha Kappa Psi, Native CDFI Network and National Women’s Party organization. She is a Head Start advocate for early education. Gail founded the Native American Foreign Affairs Council with the mission of closing the disparity gap for underrepresentation of Native Americans in foreign policy. She volunteers at SafeSpot as a Native American children’s advocate under court protection.
Gail began her education at Peridot Head Start and attended grade school at Peridot Lutheran Mission. She was an All-American scholar athlete, first Native American to serve on student council as class president, and graduate from Arizona Lutheran Academy. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English/Journalism and Business Administration at Adam State University where she was a student-athlete in softball and organized non-violent protests to change the school’s mascot. Currently, Gail is a candidate for her Master’s Degree in Political Science.