Continuing a familial tradition of tribal leadership dating back to his great-grandfather's role as captain over 100 years ago, Mark Macarro serves as Chairman of the Tribal Council of the Pechanga Band of Luise'o Indians and has held numerous national political positions. A native of Colton, California, Macarro began his career as a council member in 1992 and was elected chairman five years later.
In 2010, Mark Macarro joined the Board of Directors of the Native American Rights Fund. Established more than 40 years ago, the fund is a nonprofit law firm working on behalf of Indian organizations, individuals, and tribes throughout the United States. Macarro also serves on the National Congress of American Indians, which develops policy on issues affecting the Native American community, including federal appropriations, annual budgets, and tribal-state relations.
An advocate of economic strategies that promote tribal self-sufficiency, Mark Macarro joined the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development in 2007. The project encourages the development of models for future economic success within the community.
Mark Macarro also plays a significant role in the development of the gaming industry among Native American tribes. Since 2003, he has served on the board of the National Indian Gaming Association as a representative of the Pacific Region. The post allows Macarro to influence gaming industry policies, construction issues, joint ventures, and strategic planning.
Mark Macarro served as a member of the Electoral College in 2008. He was also a member of the Platform Committee of the Democratic Party. His political and communal efforts led the Capitol Weekly, a political blog covering events in California, to name him to its top 100 "Who's Who" List in 2010 and 2011.