National Indian Gaming Association Hires Two New Staffers
The Native Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has hired Rudy Soto as Legislative Director and Chelsea Blake as Legislative Associate. Soto joins NIGA after two years on Congresswoman Norma Torres’ (D-CA) staff as a Legislative Assistant, where he was responsible for energy, environment, agricultural, educational, and tribal affairs issues. Prior to that, the Portland State University graduate, who also attended George Washington University, served as a Policy Analyst for the National Council of Urban Indian Health. The Nampa, ID native is a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Shoshone Bannock Indian Tribe. Chelsea Blake joins NIGA from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform where she served as a Coordinator. Before that, the University of Hawaii grad served as a legislative researcher in Office for Hawaiian Affairs in DC. Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Blake also volunteered in Bohol, Philippines to aid in relief efforts after Super Typhoon Haiyan and is a board member on the Conference on Asian American Pacific Leadership. More about them here.