More than two decades of creating tribal-related policy at numerous levels of government, coupled with proficiency in managing emergency services, processes and protocols, have equipped Alva Johnson to serve as legislative director for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the tribe said in announcing his appointment.
“We are fortunate to have Alva Johnson join our Intergovernmental Affairs Department,” said Jerry Paresa, San Manuel’s chief executive officer, in a statement on January 19. “Alva possesses the breadth and depth of background, experience and skills that will be critical to achieving our legislative, policy and political objectives.”
Johnson worked in the state government for more than 10 years, handling education and gaming issues for various divisions of the legislature, the tribe said. As part of this he served as chief consultant for the California Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, working on tribal government gaming and other issues. Twelve years were spent working directly with tribal governments to provide strategic advice and guidance on various policy issues. He also represented tribes before state agencies and organizations, the San Manuel Band said, as well as taking tribal concerns to Washington, D.C., and presenting them to Congress and various federal agencies. He also has a background in emergency services management from years working on these issues at the tribal level.
Johnson has a degree in political science from California State University, Hayward, and holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, the tribe said. He served as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Public Policy and International Affairs Program.