President - Profile
Ch’a Yaa Éesh (Richard Peterson) is Tlingit from the Kaagwaantaan clan. Richard grew up in Kasaan, Alaska and is a life long Alaska Native resident of Southeast Alaska. Prior to being elected as president of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council), Richard served as CEO of Prince of Wales Tribal Enterprise Consortium, LLC (POWTEC), president of the Organized Village of Kasaan (OVK), mayor/city council member for the City of Kasaan, and member of the Southeast Island School District Board of Education. He has been a delegate to the Central Council since 2000.
During his tenure with OVK, Richard fostered growth through innovative program and economic development, developing competent and reputable grant and fiscal management procedures. OVK's annual budget increased from $13,000 to over $4 million dollars through widespread program development and a strategic pursuit of grant funding.
Richard has developed the skills necessary to effectively represent and communicate the needs of our Native people of Southeast Alaska. He is adept at negotiating and team building and has worked to continually build lasting relationships that prove to be mutually beneficial to all stakeholders. Richard believes in a proactive approach to achieve win-win scenarios and continues to shape the future of the economic and social well-being of our tribal citizens through collaborative efforts and local economic development initiatives.
2014-Current President, Central Council Tlingit & Haida
2000-2014 Delegate, Central Council Tlingit & Haida
1998-2014 Tribal President, Organized Village of Kasaan
2003-2014 Board Member, Southeast Island School District
2008-2014 Council Member, City of Kasaan
2010-2014 4th Vice President, Central Council Tlingit & Haida
2008-2010 1st Vice President, Central Council Tlingit & Haida
2008-2010 Board Member, RuralCAP
2006-2008 3rd Vice President, Central Council Tlingit & Haida
1996-2008 Mayor, City of Kasaan
1999-2005 Board Member, Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition
2009-2014 Director of Economic Development, Organized Village of Kasaan
2008-2014 CEO, POWTEC, LLC
1997-2008 Tribal Administrator, Organized Village of Kasaan
1994 Mt. Edgecumbe High School-Graduate