Mari Tester is a retired Native executive (Cayuse, Walla Walla, Sioux), with over 33 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. She spent 32 years in a variety of management positions, and specializes in: human resources, strategic planning, public policy, project management, and government contracts, among other skills. Mari was the principle for M.E. Tester and Associates, an international consulting firm, for 20 years. She is highly involved in several community organizations and has held the following board positions: Vice President, French Town Historical Foundation; Vice President, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts; Past Chairman of the Board, Children’s Home Society; Past Public Policy Chairman, American Association of University Women. Ms. Tester is a descendant of Frenchtown, the historic site of the French-Canadian and Metis settlement formed in 1823 at Fort Nez Perces (later Fort Walla Walla) near modern-day Walla Walla, Washington.