Jesse Leighton Appointed as Interim Executive Director for Nez Perce Tribe

Lapwai, Idaho- The Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC) has appointed Jesse Leighton as interim Executive Director for the Nez Perce Tribe. Mr. Leighton started Tuesday, June 23.


“We believe that Mr. Leighton is the perfect person to assist the Tribe as we move in a new direction.  During this time, we will be evaluating our organizational structure, and making the appropriate decisions to ensure we are as effective and efficient as possible in providing the best service we can to the tribal membership,” stated NPTEC Chairman, Shannon Wheeler.


Mr. Leighton, an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization. He is well versed in the requirements and needs of the position, having served as Executive Director for the Tribe for almost two years in 2007 and 2008.  


“I understand that these are difficult times to step into a leadership position, but I believe in the potential of the Tribe and I am truly excited for this opportunity to help serve the tribal membership and communities once again,” stated Mr. Leighton.


Mr. Leighton is a graduate of Lapwai High School, he has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from the University of Idaho, and a Master in Business Administration degree from Gonzaga University. The bulk of his career has been in consulting and working on architecture projects with tribes throughout the West. 


“We appreciate Mr. Leighton stepping into this role and are confident in his ability to help guide the Tribe through this time of transition,” concluded Chairman Wheeler.