Levi Esquerra

Subject-matter expertise

  • Native American Issues


Levi Esquerra is the Director of the Center of American Indian Economic Development (CAIED). Previously, he was the business development representative for the Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs. He also interned for the St. Louis Community Development Agency and the American Indian Center of Mid America.

Esquerra is a member of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe.  He has served as Tribal Chairman and has been elected to three additional Tribal Council Terms.  He was instrumental in the creation of Nuwuvi Economic Development Corporation (federal recognize corporation chapter 17).

Selected recent publications

  • Doing Business on Arizona Indian Lands -2013
  • Arizona Benefits Fund, Recapping the First Nine Years - 2013


  • Arizona Association for Economics Development EDDE Award – Developer of the Year, 2013
  • Arizona Governor’s 2013 Excellence Award – Youth Leadership

Related activities

  • Board of Directors – Arizona Association for Economic Development, 2006- present
  • Board of Directors – Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, 2009 - present


Washington University, St. Louis, MO 1999

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 1993

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