Published September 28, 2016
WASHINGTON – Gary “Litefoot” Davis is moving from leading the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development to the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) to serve as the organization’s executive director. He begins his new position on October 1.
“The appointment of Gary Davis will be transformative for our organization and the tribal communities we serve,” said Otoe-Missouria Chairman John R. Shotton who serves as NAFSA’s Chairman. “Gary has been a passionate and tireless advocate for creating new economic opportunities for Indian Country and nobody has fought harder to ensure the preservation of our tribal sovereignty. We are thrilled to have him joining our NAFSA team.”
“I look forward to contributing to further diversification of the tribal finance sector. Growing tribal financial sovereignty is vital to the future of our people. I am fully aware of the amount of work to be done and the bridges that need to be built. That is why I am choosing to place all my energies into the growth and expansion of this key fundamental building block -necessary for the long term economic self-sufficiency and sustainability of Indian Country,” Davis told TBJ.
Davis served as president and CEO of the National Center for almost five years. During his tenure at the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, where he served as president and CEO, Davis inspired Indian Country with his vision and passion for economic empowerment, strengthened the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) and launched regional RES events across the country. Davis was also instrumental in taking Indian Country’s economic message to international audiences to promote business partnerships.
In addition to responsibilities at NAFSA, Davis, along with his wife Carmen, have also launched the Davis Strategy Group which specializes in providing business consulting services as well as providing clients strategic communication, marketing, branding, event planning, digital strategy, and video production services. “Davis Strategy brings together over 25 years of business experience, vision and industry knowledge to help our clients grow their businesses,” said Davis. “We couldn’t be more passionate about helping others achieve their business goals.”
Davis is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.