Founded in 2019 by Cherokee Nation citizen and CEO Lacey Horn, Native Advisory serves as a strategic financial consulting firm for Native American tribes, Native-owned businesses, and Companies working within Indian Country. Native Advisory’s work with clients across the U.S. has measurably impacted tribal sovereignty, self-governance, self-reliance and resiliency. In October 2022, Native Advisory became a Certified B Corporation.
Native Advisory is a 100% Cherokee woman-owned company created to provide tailored solutions to financial challenges and opportunities facing tribes. Native Advisory’s approach is to advise tribal leaders and leadership bodies based on a passion for improving tribal communities. Consultation is straight from the heart, backed by years of Horn’s hands-on, real-life experiences.
“The mission of our work is to serve tribes with the highest integrity, the greatest understanding, and for Native Advisory’s work to be impactful for seven generations and beyond,” Horn says. “Our approach is respectful of the past, grateful for the present and determined to create a vibrant future. We empower our clients to achieve true tribal sovereignty in every sense.”
Headquartered in Sequoyah County on the Cherokee Nation Reservation, Native Advisory deploys a network of strategically curated experts for each project and client. Strong relationships across Indian Country and beyond help provide a collection of uniquely talented Natives and non-Natives dedicated to the advancement of Indian Country.
With vision and tenacity in finding the “doorway” to effect change, Lacey Horn has been instrumental in major legislative and financial successes and rewarded with seeing those wins flow through to the individuals in the Tribes she serves. She challenges the status quo based on due diligence and drives creative new thinking though diplomacy, team leadership, and strategic work. Horn is known for her unique perspectives, for always being prepared, and making a difference in the governance of organizations and the lives of people.
An internationally recognized thought leader, visionary creator and financial expert, Lacey is the CEO of Native Advisory LLC, a Certified B Corporation, where she serves Tribal Leaders and C-suite executives as a strategy and financial consultant. She provides insights based on her seasoned C-suite experience and diverse background in healthcare, education, financial services and diversified tribal investments. Determined to find optimal solutions for ideal outcomes, her approach is balanced with a sense of honor in providing trustworthy counsel backed by extensive experience. To direct greater impact investment into Indian Country, Horn founded the Native Opportunity Zone Fund LLP solely dedicated to Tribal Opportunity Zones, and in the summer of 2020, she merged NOZF for greater scale with Verte OZ Fund, which also has a focus on Indian Country OZ investments.
Most recently serving as Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation, Horn oversaw all financial functions of the tribal government including administration of a $1.2 billion annual budget. Horn negotiated an uncollateralized $170 million syndicated bank loan to build the largest Indian Health Service joint venture project in the country as part of an overall $400 million healthcare infrastructure and IT expansion. She saved the Nation multi-millions of dollars by implementing changes to employee benefits and led efforts that upgraded the Nation’s bond rating. For her work in enhancing disclosure and transparency, the Nation annually received three “Excellence in Financial Reporting” awards from the GFOA. She authored two major pieces of legislation – one modernized the Nation’s banking code and the second created the Cherokee Nation Sovereign Wealth Fund, which she then led efforts to diversify its portfolio. Horn served on the IT Steering Committee and oversaw strategic investment into the Nation’s IT infrastructure.
Previously, Horn had several years of experience on the audit staff for KPMG Chicago in the Financial Services division. She led engagements for an asset manager overseeing $200 billion in mutual funds and other investments, family offices, a private bank that handled services to the unions and to their members, and a captive finance group. As part of the team that took over a failed audit from a competitor firm, Horn gained insight into auditor/client relationships and the critical evaluation necessary in selecting an audit firm. She began her career in the internal audit and tax departments of Hunt Oil.
Horn currently serves as Chairwoman of the board of the Native American Rights Fund and is a trustee for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). She has a rich advisory and board background, including a former appointment by the Secretary of the Treasury to serve on the TTAC advise on tribal taxation, naming by GASB Chair to two separate advisory committees, and was featured in a campaign to inspire Native American students to pursue business and financial careers.
Horn is SMU’s “Emerging Leader” for 2017; Native American Finance Officers Association’s “Executive of the Year” in 2014; and she was named to NCAIED's and Oklahoma Magazine’s “40 under 40” lists. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, interviewed on NPR, guest blogged for the AICPA, and was the cover feature for December 2018’s Native Business Magazine. She is also a regularly featured speaker at local, national and international events. Horn holds a BBA in Financial Consulting and an MS in Accounting from SMU in Dallas, TX. She is a licensed CPA in Illinois and Oklahoma.
Each year, the SMU Alumni Board Nominations Committee chooses one individual to receive this prestigious award. Watch Lacey accept this award and give an acceptance speech.
How does she do it all? Host Rachael Youngman (Choctaw Nation) interviews Lacey Horn, CEO of Native Advisory. Hear about her work, life, and stories about her ancestors.
Cover feature of December 2019 Native Business Magazine: "On Coming Home and Making an Impact" by Andrew Ricci. A profile of her success stories while Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation.
Revitalizing the Cherokee Nation Health System
By Tom Nicholas and Ross Bloom
With Lacey as the case study's featured protagonist, read about the Cherokee Nation's most recent Joint Venture Construction Project and healthcare expansion.
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Get Lacey's tips and advice for young leaders.
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