Stephanie Bryan


In 2014, Stephanie Bryan became the first female political leader elected to the position of Tribal Chair and CEO for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Born and raised in Poarch, Stephanie vividly recalls gathering on her grandmother’s front porch overlooking the powwow grounds every Sunday afternoon. There, she heard stories of federal recognition and how the community came together—cooking chicken dinners and pooling their resources—to send Chief Calvin to DC. It is the values, and hard work and sacrifices made by the Tribe’s ancestors and elders, which inspire Stephanie’s leadership and her continual effort to create unity within the community and prosperous relationships with the state.