Sherry Treppa is Chairperson for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. Treppa was elected to the Tribe’s seven member Executive Council as Vice Chairperson in 2004. She was re-elected in 2006, and served as Vice Chairperson until 2008, when she was then elected and again re-elected to her current position. As Chairperson, Treppa is tasked with leading the efforts towards preserving the tribe’s Pomo culture and inalienable right to sovereignty, while continually striving for economic self-reliance, through e-commerce, gaming and other economic opportunities unique to tribal lands.
Prior to her work for the Tribe, Treppa served as an Account Manager, where she was responsible for servicing multiple industries, including medical, biotech, wine, welding and pharmaceutical. After more than 15 years in the private sector, she recognized that her efforts could be better utilized on behalf of her Tribe.
Before joining the Executive Council, Treppa began her work for the Tribe as a volunteer for the Enrollment Committee in 2001. As the Committee’s Chairperson, along with other dedicated Committee members, she shepherded the Tribe through its initial enrollment of current membership. She also served as an influential member of the Tribe’s Housing Committee.
Treppa’s ongoing efforts have contributed to the process of restoring the Tribe’s land base and goal of economic self-reliance. She spearheaded funding negotiations for the Tribe’s current gaming ventures, while working cooperatively with the County, local Community, State, Legislature, and the Tribe’s U.S. Congressman in an effort to secure a Gaming Compact with the State, guide it through the legislative ratification process as well as the final Department of Interior review procedure. Treppa also worked as one of the Tribe’s project management representatives in the day-to-day construction coordination of the Running Creek Casino Gaming Project, which opened in May 2012. Additionally, she represents the Tribe in raising capital, structuring, development, implementation and operation of the Tribe’s e-commerce businesses. In connection with the Tribe’s e-commerce businesses she was a founding member of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA), where she assumed the position of Vice Chairperson of the Board.
She has also served as a member of the California Indian Legal Services (CILS) Board of Directors, the Tribe’s National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) delegation. Chairperson Treppa is often called upon to testify in her capacity as an experienced Tribal leader at Legislative hearings for a variety of issues with the potential to impact Indian Country. She has been repeatedly recognized for her active commitment to Native American issues and their mission to achieve economic growth and long-term financial stability.
Treppa was born in Lake County and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated with a bachelor of science from the University of San Francisco. She has two children and currently resides in Napa, California.