Lacey A. Horn (Cherokee Nation) is a visionary creator, thought leader and financial expert. These talents converge for the benefit of humanity, as her storied career is evidenced by optimal solutions and ideal outcomes.
Lacey is the CEO of Native Advisory a Certified B Corporation which is a strategic financial consulting firm serving tribes. Through this work, she advises Tribal Leaders on best practices so that they can accomplish True Tribal Sovereignty, a multi-level approach to a thriving tribal existence. Lacey also founded and heads HORN CPA, a niche cryptocurrency consulting firm serving Tribes and individuals. She is also the founder of the Native Opportunity Zone Fund LLP, and in the summer of 2020, she merged the NOZF for greater scale with Verte OZ Fund.
Her most recent role was serving as the Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation, the largest federally recognized Native American tribe. She oversaw all financial functions of the tribal government, including the tribe’s $1.2B annual budget – a budget that doubled during her term of 2011-2019, enabling exponential expansion of services to the Cherokee People. Lacey’s efforts were integral to a $400M capital and IT expansion of the Nation’s health care system, which is the largest of its kind. She produced 8 years of perfectly clean audits, upgraded the Nation’s bond rating, and modernized the Nation’s treasury and investment strategies. She began her career with Hunt Oil and KPMG Chicago as an auditor and is a licensed CPA.
Lacey currently serves as Chairwoman of the board of the Native American Rights Fund and as 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 advise on tribal taxation via TTAC, naming by the GASB Chair to two separate advisory committees, and featured in a campaign to inspire Native American students to pursue business and financial careers.
A heavily decorated professional, the Native American Finance Officers Association selected Lacey as “Executive of the Year” in 2014 and she appeared in two 40 Under 40 lists: NCAIED in 2015 and Oklahoma Magazine in 2012. She has two degrees from SMU and was named SMU’s 2017 “Emerging Leader.” Lacey was featured on the December 2018 cover of Native Business Magazine.
Cover feature of December 2018 Native Business Magazine: "On Coming Home and Making an Impact" by Andrew Ricci
Revitalizing the Cherokee Nation Health System By Tom Nicholas and Ross Bloom
“In mid-2014, Lacey Horn, Cherokee Nation citizen and its Treasurer since 2011, had her mind on the wooded acres (1.96 million square feet) behind the W.W. Hastings Hospital in the tribal capital of Tahlequah, OK…”
"Not a natural born leader? 5 tips can boost your skills" by Lacey Horn
This award recognizes an outstanding SMU alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the past 15 years. Each year, the SMU Alumni Board Nominations Committee chooses one individual to receive this prestigious award.