Steve Stallings is an elected Tribal Council Member of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, where he serves on the Tribe’s Investment Committee. Steve is the Council Delegate to the Tribal Enterprise Board overseeing Harrah’s Southern California Resort, the largest tribal resort hotel in California with 1064 rooms. Steve also represents the Tribal Council on the Tribe’s private equity fund, First Nations Capital Partners, the nation’s only tribally controlled intertribal fund.
For nearly 45 years Steve has served Indian Country in banking, developing Indian businesses and expanding economic development opportunities for Indian people. He is the former Director of Native American Banking Services at Wells Fargo, where for the last 20 years he pioneered the expansion of financial services to Indian Country making Wells Fargo the leading provider to tribal governments. While at Wells Fargo, Steve started Native Peoples, an internal support group for Native American employees at Wells Fargo.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Steve was president of the National Center For American Indian Enterprise Development and its predecessor organization, the United Indian Development Association (UIDA). During his 20 year tenure, Steve helped hundreds of emerging Indian entrepreneurs and developed the original Reservation Economic Summit (REZ) trade show and conference.
Long interested in Native American higher education, Steve recently rejoined the Board of Directors of the American Indian Graduate Center in Albuquerque where he was honored for his contributions to scholarship programs in the business fields. Steve was also recently honored by the Phoenix Indian Community with the Kent Ware Sr. Life Time Achievement Award for his service to the Indian Community.