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Adam Day

Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant Tribal Manager, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

A veteran public administration and public affairs executive, Adam Day oversees operations for the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation, managing its multimillion-dollar budget and hundreds of employees. He previously worked as vice president and general manager for PR powerhouse NCG Porter Novelli, and played a key role with SAIC in its successful bid for the County of San Diego’s landmark information technology outsourcing project, valued at more than $640 million over seven years and considered the largest municipal privatization in the history of the U.S. at the time. He also served as chief of staff and deputy chief of staff for members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

ALMA MATER: San Diego State University (B.S., Political Science)

BUCKET LIST: A trip to the Potala Palace in Tibet.

CAR YOU DRIVE: Mercedes Benz

FAVORITE GET-AWAY: Marrakesh

BEST ADVICE: “Always be honest to yourself, your customers, and your neighbors. And, always give back more than you receive.”