James Kinter is Tribal Secretary of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. In January 2012, he was elected to his second term as a member of the Tribal Council.
Secretary Kinter is an active participant in tribal operations. He serves as Chairman of the Fire Commission, and as Vice Chair of the Property, Farm and Ranch Committee. He is also a member of the Health and Wellness Committee, the Cultural Resources Committee, the Cache Creek Casino Resort Board, the Maintenance and Operations Committee, and the Community Fund Board.
Prior to becoming Tribal Secretary, Kinter served as Chairman of the Property, Farm and Ranch Committee. During that tenure, he oversaw the development and launch of the Tribe’s Séka Hills brand of products, which includes estate grown varietal wines, extra virgin olive oil, and the Tribe’s own state-of-the-art Séka Hills Olive Mill in Capay Valley. As a leader in the Tribe’s farming operations, Secretary Kinter is committed to building and creating agricultural partnerships in the region.
Secretary Kinter knows the future of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation lies with the Tribe’s youth. With that in mind, he is devoted to encouraging younger members to get involved, have a voice and become leaders.
Secretary Kinter is a lifelong resident of Yolo County. In addition to his role as a tribal leader, he is an entrepreneur who enjoys the challenges of hands-on business management. He owns and operates the Woodland-based screen-printing, embroidery and graphic design business, Executive One, Inc. He also volunteers as a Board Member of the Yolo Wayfarer Center, which has a mission to feed, clothe and shelter those in need.
An avid participant in a range of sports, Secretary Kinter especially enjoys coaching Little League. He has been happily married to his wife Denice for more than ten years and is the proud father of four children.