Headshot of Paul Steward

Paul Steward (Pomo, Elem Indian Colony)

M.B.A. Business
Email: steward@sfsu.edu

At SF State since:

Fall 2019


  • Master of Business Administration - Sonoma State University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing - Sonoma State University
  • Associate of the Arts in Business Administration - Santa Rosa Junior College



Paul Steward began teaching at San Francisco State University in the Fall of 2019, teaching Survey of Native California (AIS 160) and Perspectives of Native California Indians (AIS 410). Paul's degrees are in business but his life, professional, and cultural experience are in Native American/American Indian government and organization relations; having apprenticed under his father Richard Steward since he was young. Paul has attended many Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, California Rural Indian Health Board, and tribal meetings. Culturally, Paul learned of his own tribal culture from his grandparents while growing up on the Sulphur Bank Rancheria and attending many roundhouse dances and hand-games gatherings. Paul's other area of specialty is music, having studied music formally but not completing a degree, he has been a professional musician for 20+ years having released 10 albums and toured all over the world. Most notably he composed and released a song sung entirely in the Southeastern Pomo dialect with traditional Pomo style rhythms and the clapper stick instrument while also combining modern music instruments and stylings. Paul's life and work is a testament to the relevance of Native Americans in the modern day and of cooperation, collaboration, and creativity.



Fall 2020 to Spring 2023 Academic Senate Member at Large
- Student Affairs Committee Member

Fall 2019 Interim Cultural Liaison for the SF State NAGPRA Program
Winter 2021 to Spring 2021 SFSU Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) Facilitator
- Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Pedagogies for Inclusive Excellence (JEDI PIE) Certificate

Spring 2022 to current Faculty Advisor; American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL) SFSU Chapter


March 2023 - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 Honorees List: Music Artist and Producer, Cultural Awareness
August 2016 - Bohemian NorBay Music Awards: R&B Band of the Year
September 2013 - Indian Summer Music Festival and Awards: Blues Song of the Year
November 2010 - Native American Music Awards: Best Blues Recording
March 2010 - West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and Awards: Best New Blues Band of the Year