Eric S. Trevan


Eric S. Trevan, Ph.D. is a national advocate for entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development. He is especially focused on working with small, minority and Native American business. He provides policy/research recommendations on a variant of community, planning, business, entrepreneurial and economic issues. His entire career has been to use strategies with advocacy, research planning and economic development in order to promote free market equitable economic growth opportunities.

Currently he is a Member of the Faculty (Tenure-Track) for The Evergreen State College Masters of Public Administration program with a focus on Public Administration, Non Profit Administration and Public Policy which supports his research focus of local and Tribal economies. He also serves as President of aLocal Solutions, a new AI market research software platform. Additionally, he completed his term as Chairman of the Board of Directors for an investment/economic development corporation, Gun Lake Investments. National leadership includes the past President/Chief Executive Officer 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 also developed the first ever National Native Business and Economic Development Policy Agenda in 2011.

Eric recently has served over Government/Tribal relations for the Heard Museum and held past leadership positions as Chief Operations Officer-Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, CEO-Northside Economic Potential Group, Director of Planning and Development-Whiteville, North Carolina, Assistant City Manager-Port Huron Michigan and Tribal Operations Manager-Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi.

He earned his PhD at Arizona State University, Masters Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration/Economics from Western Michigan University.