Michael L. Snyder was raised on the Seneca Nation’s Cattaraugus Territory, Beaver Clan. He graduated from Gowanda High School in 2000 and went on to earn an associate degree in Business Administration from Erie Community College, where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Mr. Snyder has worked for the Seneca Nation in a number of capacities. He served as Director of the Cattaraugus Community Center/Recreation Department, Director of the Seneca Strong Drug and Alcohol Program, and Transit Manager for the Seneca Nation Department of Transportation.
Since June of 2017, Mr. Snyder has overseen the Nation’s agricultural initiatives, first as Project Manager for Food Is Our Medicine and, since March of 2018, as Director of the Seneca Nation Agriculture Department and Manager of Gakwi:yo:h Farms, located at the Nation’s Cattaraugus Territory. In conjunction with his duties as Agriculture Department Director, Mr. Snyder serves on the Seneca Nation Climate Change Task Force, Seneca Nation Representative to the Intertribal Buffalo Council, Advisor to the Western New York Regional Food System Initiative, as well as on the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Tribal Advisory Council. To all of his positions, he brings a high level of skill in the areas of communication, organization, problem solving, conflict resolution, and customer service.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Snyder gives back to the community in a number of ways. He currently serves as Basil Williams Basketball Tournament Coordinator, as well as President of the Basil Williams Foundation. He is also Head/Assistant Basketball Coach for NAYO, Native Thunder, and I-90 Elite, as well as Skills Development Coach for Seneca Elite. Previously, he was Head Football Coach for the Seneca Sachems and was Co-founder of Seneca War Chiefs Junior B Lacrosse. Mr. Snyder is a Traditional Singer with the Newtown and Allegany Singing Societies and a Board Member of Seneca Holdings, the Seneca Nation’s investment arm.