Gary Pace was first elected to serve on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Business Committee in 2004. He was re-elected to a seventh term in March 2015.
Gary grew up on the Santa Ynez Reservation and attended local schools. As a skilled welder, he worked in Santa Ynez for many years until recently retiring from the welding business. He continues to work on special welding projects creating unique signs and art for family and friends.
Gary comes from a family of tribal leaders. His parents served on the tribal leadership team for many years and his two sisters have been involved on various tribal committees.
As the father of four, Gary works hard to instill a sense of cultural pride in his children. He and his wife, a fellow tribal member, also have three grandchildren.