Eric S. Trevan, Ph.D. is a national advocate for entrepreneurial and economic development, small, minority and Native American business. His entire career has been to use practical strategies with advocacy, research planning and economic development in order to promote free market economic growth opportunities for everyone.
Currently he is a Member of the Faculty for The Evergreen State College with a focus on Tribal Governance, Public Administration, Non-profit Administration and Public Policy which supports his research focus of local and Tribal economies. Additionally, he served as the inaugural Chairman of the Board of Directors for an investment and economic development corporation, Gun Lake Investments. He also provides policy recommendations, as well as research, on a variant of community, planning, business, entrepreneurial and economic issues. Eric is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of the national Native business and economic development organization, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. During his tenure, he led the effort to create approximately 9,600 jobs, $950 million in government contract opportunities and expanded their national foot print. He was instrumental developing the first ever National Native Business and Economic Development Policy Agenda approved by the Board of Directors in 2011.
Eric recently managed government and Tribal relations for the Heard Museum. He has held past leadership positions as Chief Operations Officer of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Chief Executive Officer of the Northside Economic Potential Group, Director of Planning and Development in Whiteville, North Carolina, Assistant to City Manager in Port Huron Michigan as well as the Interim Tribal Operations Manager at Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi.