The Center for Native American Youth is excited to welcome its new Executive Director, Erik Stegman! Erik joined the CNAY team in December, 2015, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from working on Native American issues for the majority of his career.
“It’s truly an honor to be in this position,” says Erik. “Not only do the Native youth we serve inspire me every day in this work, but the dedication of the staff to our mission shines through in all our programs. I’m thrilled about what we’ll accomplish in 2016 together with our youth leaders.”
Before joining the CNAY team, Erik Carry the Kettle First Nation (Assiniboine) led field outreach and advocacy for the Poverty to Prosperity program at the Center for American Progress. Before American Progress, he served as majority Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs under the leadership of Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (HI). He was an expert on a wide range of policy issues affecting tribal governments including economic development, law enforcement, violence against women, tax, education, and telecommunications. In that role, he also led the development of the Stand Against Violence and Empower (SAVE) Native Women Act, which was signed into law as part of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013. Before joining the Senate, Erik was appointed in 2011 to serve as Policy Advisor to Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. During his time in the administration, he led an intra-agency working group on American Indian policy development. He began his career in Washington, D.C. at the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center.
Erik holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, an M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA’s Graduate Division, and a B.A. from Whittier College.