Jack R. StevensActing Director, Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED)
Mr. Stevens is a career (non-political) federal employee. He manages over 60 employees located in Washington, D.C.; Lakewood, Colorado; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Anchorage, Alaska. IEED promotes non-gaming economic development among the 573 federally recognized American Indian tribes and on 56 million acres of Indian trust land.
He oversees IEED’s Division of Energy and Mineral Development, which provides technical assistance to over a hundred fossil fuel and renewable energy projects on Indian trust land; the Division of Capital Investment and the Indian Affairs Loan Guarantee and Insurance program, which leverages more than $100 million annually in economic activities throughout Indian Country; and the Division of Economic Development, which encourages entrepreneurship, helps build legal infrastructure and fosters commercial opportunities in Native American communities.
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development honored Mr. Stevens as the 2010 “Timothy Wapato Federal Advocate of the Year” in recognition of his work in support of Native American entrepreneurs.
In 2011, he represented the U.S. government at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues where he joined with U.S. and Canadian tribal leaders to discuss the link between reservation economic growth and laws that are conducive to entrepreneurship and commercial activities.
The American Public Power Association (APPA) selected Mr. Stevens to join a panel of other energy industry professionals to judge submissions by U.S. public power utilities in the APPA’s 2016 Energy Innovator Award competition.
In 2014, he conceived IEED’s “Tribal Economic Development Principles at a Glance” series of online primers and is the principal author of most of them, including “Choosing a Tribal Business Structure,” “Financing a Tribal or Native-owned Business,” “Making an Effective Business Presentation,” “Why Tribes Should Adopt a Secured Transactions Code,” “Procurement Opportunities for Federally Recognized Tribes,” “Tips for Tribal Economic Development Directors,” “The Buy Indian Opportunity,” “American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Centers,” and “The Importance of Feasibility Studies for Federally Recognized Tribes.”
Before coming to the Department, he served as senior associate and legal counsel for the Washington, D.C. public affairs firm, The Carmen Group, where he handled gas-and-oil related and economic development matters on an international scale. He also served for six years as a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of California.
In private practice in California, Mr. Stevens helped obtain government approvals for geophysical firms seeking to develop natural gas. He also served as a consultant to the California Legislature’s Assembly Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
He earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in history from Stanford University, where he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa.