James Lazore Named Assistant Executive Director for Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE, NY – The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) has appointed James Lazore as Assistant Executive Director.

The position is responsible for helping to lead operations, provide oversight and ensure sound fiscal management within tribal government. The Assistant Executive Director provides leadership to several direct-report Division Directors and supports the strategic self-governance goals and objectives of the Executive Director’s Office.

Born and raised in Tsi:snaihne, Akwesasne, Lazore embarked on a career in economic development, spending nearly a decade as General Manager of the Eskan Company in the Cree community of Mistissini, QC before returning home in 2017. 

Joining the tribe initially as Grants & Contract Manager, Lazore transitioned to Director of Economic Development in 2018. In this role, he championed Akwesasne’s interests to regional boards and committees including collaborating with Chambers of Commerce to showcase the community’s diverse offerings. Lazore continues to share his time for Iohahi:io, the Akwesasne Education & Training Institute, as an instructor within the Marketing Essentials and Performance Management class and as a coach for youth volleyball.

Lazore steps into the role of his predecessor, Gloria Herne, who passed away in August of 2023. “Gloria was a community leader whose passion and dedication to the tribe was inspiring,” said Lazore. “Not only was she a respected colleague, but also a dear friend and her impact will be remembered. The tribe plays a pivotal role in our community and our staff works hard to bring the tribe’s vision to life. We are charting a course that reflects the evolving needs of the tribe and I’m eager to support that work in this new capacity.”