Comm. & Economic Dev. Specialist
Earl Evans is an enrolled citizen of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe and serves as Vice Chairman of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal Council. He has 25 years of formal involvement in issues impacting American Indian tribal governments, including government relations, community & economic development, environmental and cultural planning, and fundraising. Earl is certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in meeting facilitation and management, and is certified in strategic planning by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Institute. He has worked with his own Tribe for a number of years, garnering millions of dollars in new funding and development opportunities. In addition, Earl helped found several local Native youth organizations, two national organizations, and the Haliwa-Saponi Board of Education and Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School, all of which continue to thrive. During his career Earl has also served on the governing boards of twelve local, state, and national nonprofit organizations. Earl previously worked as a tribal development specialist with a special inter-agency initiative under President Bill Clinton to foster sustainable economic development activities within Indian tribal communities. During his tenure in the Clinton administration, Earl assisted with many economic development projects across the country and managed several federal contract projects. Shortly thereafter, Governor Mark Warner appointed Earl to the Virginia Governor’s Commission on National and Community Service, where he served as Chairman the Commission’s program development committee, which provided millions in annual grants funding to agencies, nonprofits, and community organizations. Recently, he has directed development efforts for local and national non-profit organization(s) securing millions in philanthropic contributions and support for important charities and causes in Indian Country.
Earl assists corporations, government agencies, Indian tribes and other entities in sensitive negotiations involving government regulations, contracts, community and economic development (including 8(a) business interests), cultural and historic property/NAGPRA issues, and trust reform.