Consolidated Borough of Quil Ceda Village

Village Council

Melvin Sheldon Jr.

Mel Sheldon, Jr.
President

Councilman Sheldon serves on the Services Committee for the Tulalip Tribes. Serving on the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors for over fifteen years, six of those as chairman, Councilman Sheldon was re-elected to the Tulalip Board in March 2015 after spending a year at Strategies 360, a public policy and communications firm in Seattle, as vice president of Native American Affairs. Along with his fellow Tulalip Board members he has helped to lead economic development efforts at Tulalip, including the construction of the Tulalip Resort Casino – one of the largest employers in Snohomish County – and the first ever federally chartered tribal city in the United States, Quil Ceda Village.
Under he and the Board’s leadership, the Tulalip Tribes have initiated major transportation and infrastructure projects, built a strong police department and tribal court, completed important environmental restoration projects, and created strong partnerships with other community leaders and organizations. An active and engaged leader in Snohomish County, Councilman Sheldon has served in many capacities, including on the boards of Providence Hospital Foundation, Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, Citizens Committee for Marysville Schools, and the Boy and Girls Club of Snohomish County. He has also served as a vice president in the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, an association representing nearly 50 tribes.

Previously, Councilman Sheldon worked as a commercial fisherman in Puget Sound and Bristol Bay, Alaska. After high school graduation, he immediately enlisted in the U.S Army serving a tour of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in political science.

Les Parks

Les Parks
Council Member

Councilman Parks was reelected to the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors in 2014, and currently serves as the Chairman for the Services Committee. He believes upholding the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliot is the single most important role as a tribal leader. Councilman Parks is committed to helping to provide opportunity and mentorship to youth, developing business opportunities for the Tulalip Tribes and tribal membership, and fighting to protect Treaty-reserved natural and cultural resources, including the health of the Puget Sound. Councilman Parks is a lifelong fisherman, businessman, and entrepreneur and lives with his wife and seven children in Tulalip.

Glen Gobin, Council Member

Glen Gobin
Council Member

Glen Gobin is a member of the Tulalip Tribes and a member of the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors. He was elected to the tribal council 16 years ago and has served on the Business Committee for 13 years, 12 of those as the Chairman. Glen serves on the Quil Ceda Village Council that oversees all business and development activities within the Village. He has also served on the Planning, Gaming, and Fish commissions. Glen has owned and operated a successful construction company for many years, and also continues a lifelong tradition of commercial fishing and staying active in many cultural and community activities. He is married with four children and four grandchildren and resides in Tulalip.