No. 76: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

76. Jeff Grubbe

Chairman Jeff Grubbe was reelected as the head of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in March 2020 – his fifth consecutive two-year term. Grubbe, an increasingly prominent leader in Indian Country, worked his way up to Chair after starting out as a casino table games shift manager. He has built a presence at the Capitol and is said to have an easy rapport with Gov. Newsom. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, a tribe of about 500 members that owns several casinos and resorts on 32,000 acres of land in and around Palm Springs, is a powerful, affluent tribe and its assets are one of the region’s biggest economic drivers, with big impacts in the Coachella Valley. Under Grubbe’s leadership, Agua Caliente has unveiled several impressive developments, including a proposed 10,000-seat arena and a cultural center, both in Palm Springs, and a new casino in Cathedral City. Grubbe’s grandfather, Lawrence Pierce, previously served on the Tribal Council.

Updated August 11, 2020

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