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Donald Chapman

National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board


Don Chapman serves as an executive leader for the Native-owned JH Capital Group which focuses on waste, fraud, and abuse detection and debt acquisition/collection. His consulting practice Uncas Consulting Services LLC provides policy, outreach, and technical support to the three tribal representatives selected to the White House National Ocean Policy Task Force on Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning.

On October 8, 2009, Don received an expert appointment to the US Department of Commerce and subsequently was appointed on November 5, 2009 by Secretary Gary Locke as the first Senior Adviser on Native American Affairs, Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

At the Department of Commerce, Chapman was charged with helping implement the Secretary’s ambitious agenda to directly improve the economic profile of Indian Country through both economic business development and policy implementation activities. He coordinated the Tribal Consultation Policy implementation across all of the Commerce agencies and bureaus including NOAA, EDA, ITA, and NTIA, as well as serving as the Secretary’s top tribal liaison and Indian Country policy and economic development lead. These responsibilities included for working directly with the White House DPC and CEQ as well as all other federal agencies on tribal economic and policy issues on behalf of the Secretary.

Chapman is a member of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and has made a career in working as a senior executive for numerous tribal companies, outreach entities, and engineering management.

Prior to his appointment, Chapman served as a senior executive manager with the Wyandotte Tribal Corporation, and for two Alaska Native Corporations Chenega Advanced Solutions & Engineering and TKC Communications. Prior to his tribal business experience, Chapman worked in the private technology sector as applications engineer in the Ericsson Cell Phone Design group and General Dynamics Optical Engineering Group (Advances Technologies Group), as a owner/partner in the technical manufacturer’s representative group Mechtronics Sales, and as VP of Professional Electronics Co., Inc which designed and reverse-engineered military defense electronic systems.

Don currently serves on the Board of Advisors at NativeOne Institutional Trading and First Nations Experience (FNX), a 24/7 high definition (HD) multiplatform digital media vehicle of all Native programming launched on September 25, 2011 by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of Southern California.

Chapman is a graduate of Norfolk Collegiate, and is currently studying information systems management and public policy at University of Maryland University College. Don, his wife Holly, and the two sons Matthew and Christopher make their home in Leesburg, Va.