Eric S. Trevan, Ph.D.


Eric S. Trevan, Ph.D. is an economist and business leader. He serves as President of aLocal Solutions, an AI market and economic analytics platform. Previously Dr. Trevan served two appointments as a Tenure-Track Professor, his most recent appointment being at California State University San Marcos. His research and teaching focuses on public policy, Native economies, public administration, innovation, and community and economic development. He is a thought leader on the need to grow local and Native economies combined with economic policy. He also specializes in complex financial arrangements through leveraging public and private regulations, policy, and economic resources. Dr. Trevan focuses on a variety of industries, but specializes in technology, economic analytics and advising, gaming and hospitality, education, and development.

Dr. Trevan is active with board governance, which includes serving as an Independent Director on the Board of Directors of Heritage Distilling, Inc., which recently announced its intention to become a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ exchange this summer under the ticker symbol (NASDAQ: CASK). He also serves on the Board of Directors of varied Tribal Business Entities that range in industries from gaming/casino, cannabis, convenience stores, health care, hospitality (hotel/restaurant/bar), logistics, agriculture, private equity, and lending. Collectively, these entities he helps to guide have combined assets under management of nearly $750 million. His other past board experience includes serving on the Board of Directors of Northern Initiatives, a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), and as a former Policy Advisor to the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee of the US Department of Treasury. Previous experience also includes leadership positions in government, planning, economic development, national public policy, Native relations, and governance.

Dr. Trevan earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State University Watts College of Public Solutions, Community Resources and Development (Community Development and Economics), his Master's Degree in Administration (Public Administration) from Central Michigan University, and his Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration/Economics from Western Michigan University. He is a Native citizen of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi, Gun Lake Tribe in Michigan.