Sherry Rupert

sherrySherry is the Executive Director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission, appointed by Governor Guinn
September of 2005. With over 20 years of tribal, public and private business experience, she possesses a strong background in accounting, finance, business administration, tribal tourism and Indian Affairs.

Mrs. Rupert is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business
Administration and is past President of the Native American Chapter of the University of Nevada, Reno
Alumni Association. She has presented at numerous tribal, state, regional and national conferences and was elected to her second term as President of the Governors’ Interstate Indian Council, and was formerly the Treasurer for two terms.

The Governors’ Interstate Indian Council is a national organization promoting and protecting the various interests, welfare and well-being of American Indian people of the United States and in particular those
American Indian residents within the various participating states of the Governors’ Interstate Indian Council.

Sherry is the Chairwoman of the Indian Territory, a marketing arm of the Nevada Commission on Tourism,
and was awarded the 2007 and 2008 Excellence in Tourism Award as well as the 2011 Statewide Excellence in Tourism Award from the Nevada Commission on Tourism for her success in promoting and advancing tourism in Indian Country. She was also awarded the 2009 Human and Civil Rights Award from the Nevada State Education
Association. Mrs. Rupert distinguished herself in her term as Treasurer for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) Board of Directors (Southwest Region Representative) and during her service on the AIANTA Executive Committee; as a consequence, she was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors. Most recently, Mrs. Rupert was appointed by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank
to the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. The Board, established in 2003, serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce and the White House on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States.

Sherry is an American Indian of Paiute and Washoe heritage. She is also a proud Native Nevadan, born in Carson City and raised on the Washoe Reservation in Gardnerville, Nevada. Now residing in Carson City, she is a wife and mother of two, with her eldest son proudly serving in the United States Navy.