Deron Marquez is a citizen of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and served as Chairman of the Band from 1999 to 2006. During his tenure, he helped guide his nation to a position of unprecedented prosperity that continues today. Under his leadership, the Band entered into successful business ventures with the goal of securing long-term governmental revenues, enhanced its governance capabilities, instituted public services for tribal members, and solidified intergovernmental relations at the local, state and national levels.
Marquez is a nationally recognized speaker and lecturer on such issues as economic development, tribal governance and tribal sovereignty. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at Claremont Graduate University. He and his wife Cindy have two children.