Mr. Eric Olson is the Chief Financial Officer at SFIS. Mr. Olson is a native of Massachusetts, grew up in Illinois, and earned his Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked with non-profit organizations in New Mexico, and with tribal governments across the country since 1997. Before being asked to join SFIS, he operated his own firm, providing accounting and electronic records management services to tribes, non-profits, and small businesses.
Mr. Olson has four children . He comes from a family of educators, including three generations of college professors, and his oldest daughter is a public school teacher.
During his college years he was active in music, and was a member of the University of Illinois Marching Illini. These days his hobbies include enjoying his beautiful adopted home state of New Mexico through cycling and hiking.
Mr. Olson and his staff oversee the school’s finances, manage the school’s budgets, handle procurement for all programs, manage fixed assets, process payroll, and provide all administrative services needed by students and staff. He is a strong supporter of the school’s efforts to support its current students and alumni, and believes that the best way that he can achieve this is to keep the school financially sound so that it may provide assistance when needed.
His goals for the Finance Department include maintaining SFIS’s long-standing record of clean audits, enhancing the school’s fiscal soundness, and providing the highest quality of service to the school’s educational programs and support staff. He and his staff are also in the process of modernizing the department’s records management system to align with SFIS’ conversion to electronic records. His long-term vision includes helping the school to attain educational sovereignty through financial self-sufficiency.
I’m very pleased and honored to be a part of the Santa Fe Indian School, and to serve the people that we serve. I look forward to helping the school to build on its past successes, and to play a role in bringing more young Native people into the accounting profession.