MESA, Ariz. – Margo Gray-Proctor, chairwoman of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, recently announced that Eric S. Trevan, a citizen of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, has been appointed as the company’s new president/CEO and will begin his tenure May 3.
“We are excited to move the National Center agenda forward with Eric and confident that with the tremendous amount of experience he brings with him, not only in all aspects of tribal and public administration, strategic economic development and leadership, but his strong background and experience working with tribes and nonprofit Native organizations, that we will move forward with greater success.” Gray-Proctor said.
Prior to NCAIED, Trevan has held positions as the tribal operations officer of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, CEO/executive director of the Northside Economic Potential Group in Kalamazoo, Mich., director of planning and development for the City of Whiteville, N.C., assistant to the city manager in Port Huron, Mich. and interim tribal operations manager for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Pottawatomi Indians.
“I am honored, humbled and energized to move forward our platform that progresses Native Americans, throughout all the United States, with economic opportunity, enterprise and support that ultimately creates a pathway toward commerce, partnership, resource, self-sufficiency and business growth,” Trevan said. “It is our responsibility to proactively continue this mission and open these doors for all.”
Past notable activities have included appointments to the board of directors of Chi-Ishobak (CDFI), Association for Enterprise Opportunity Policy Committee, Kalamazoo Parks Foundation Board of Directors, National League of Cities Municipalities in Transition Planning Committee, Michigan Municipal League Transportation, Infrastructure and Environmental Affairs Committee, Community Relations Board for the City of Kalamazoo and recipient of the Business Thought Leader award for West Michigan in 2008.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration and economics from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, a master’s degree in administration, public administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant and is pursuing his doctoral degree in economic development and planning.
Trevan and his wife Karah have a 2-year-old daughter Kala Indigo and are expecting the birth of their son in late spring.
NCAIED is headquartered in Mesa, Ariz. and has five offices located across the United States. For more information about NCAIED or upcoming events visit the Web site or call (480) 545 1298.