Board of Managers

Morongo Band of Mission Indians Managers:

James Siva     |     Brian Lugo     |     Anne Robinson

Tribal Capital Markets, LLC Executive Chairman:

Sajeed "Titu" Asghar

Tribal Capital Markets, LLC Managing Partners:

John Barry    |    Alan Mele    |


Tribal Capital Markets, LLC ("TCM") is capably led by a Board of Managers, as well as two individuals that have decades of combined experience initiating and managing businesses in the financial markets sector.

John Barry and Alan Mele, under the guidance of Morongo Band of Mission Indians, have endeavored to build a premier, majority American Indian Tribally (AIT) owned broker dealer. Their vision has resulted in a financial services firm that has established competence in a wide range of product areas serving clients across the United States.

Proficiency in Debt Capital Markets, Fixed Income Sales & Trading, Equity Capital Markets, Domestic Equity Sales & Trading and Life Science Investment Banking has established Tribal Capital as a respected presence in the financial services sector.

Please see the full biographies of our Team section or click to the right:




Sajeed "Titu" Asghar:

In 2016, Mr. Asghar was appointed by Morongo Band of Mission Indians, TCM’s majority owner, as TCM’s Executive Chairman. He is responsible to direct & oversee the day-to-day operations of Morongo and to take all steps that he deems fit to facilitate the recommendations of the “Special Board of Managers” for the future activities of the Company. In this role, he has been attending Issuer and Investor meetings to express the importance of Morongo’s investment in TCM and the tribe’s goal to expand the role of American Indians in the financial services space. Since 2016 he has served as Chief Executive Officer of Morongo and is tasked with the Management and oversight of all businesses and enterprises. In 2011, he served as the Director of Economic Development for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, establishing the strategic investment plan for economic growth and diversification, had oversight responsibilities for the Economic Development Fund and was responsible for sourcing, analyzing, vetting, negotiating, acquisition and management of deals. Additionally, Sajeed sourced deals in multiple sectors including: real estate, healthcare, green technology and entertainment. He established a vetting process to evaluate deals and streamlined implementation procedures and led due diligence and collaborated with support teams (legal, finance, stakeholders) to bring acquisitions to fruition. “Titu” supported inter-agency collaboration, establishing business structures and implementation policies. In 2005, Mr. Asghar was Special Projects Manager for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians where he performed valuations and conducted due diligence on private and public companies. In 2002, Sajeed worked as a Securities & Business Analyst for Capital Solutions & Co., Inc. where he performed securities analysis, M&A due diligence on the buy side, responsible for streamlining operations for efficiency and profitability, established corporate mutual fund.


James Siva:

Mr. Siva is one of the senior members of Morongo's Tribal Council where he oversees economic development for the 35,000 acre Morongo Indian Reservation.  Mr. Siva is a second-generation Council Member who focuses on the Tribe’s self-reliance and pursuit of economic opportunities to continue developing economic growth for future Morongo generations.  Mr. Siva served as the point person for the Tribe in forming Tribal Capital Markets and was instrumental in forging the strong relationship the Council now has with the Managing Partners of TCM. 

Mr. Siva graduated Cum Laude from Columbia University and was the inaugural recipient of Columbia's Native Alumni Seven Generation Award for Outstanding Community Service.  

Morongo Band of Mission Indians – Tribal Cardholder.


Brian Lugo:

Mr. Lugo is also one of the longest tenured members of Morongo's Tribal Council.  He oversees the Tribe’s diverse business portfolio which generates close to $3 billion in annual revenue and provides 3,000 jobs, with a particular focus on projects related to energy, education, the environment and transportation. 

In addition to being a valued member of the Council, Mr. Lugo is a Veteran of the United States Navy.


Anne Robinson:

Anne Robinson has provided steadfast leadership to Morongo Band of Mission Indians, serving numerous terms on the Tribal Council.

As a Tribal Council Member, Ms. Robinson was a driving force in helping open the original Casino Morongo and in the subsequent development of the $250 million Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa. She has championed efforts to diversify and expand Morongo’s business portfolio into new markets, such as healthcare, manufacturing, recreation, hospitality, and finance to provide a strong economic foundation for tribal members and for future generations. Today, Morongo’s business enterprises generate nearly $3 billion in annual economic activity and provide more than 3,000 jobs.

Ms. Robinson also has been instrumental in helping bring new infrastructure, roads, clean water, power and school facilities to Morongo's Reservation. She has helped establish and enact tribal policies, and played key roles in negotiating new business and utility agreements. As a member of Morongo's Education Committee, she helped improve educational opportunities and outcomes for tribal youth, and created the tribe’s first college scholarship program.

Raised in Palm Springs, Ms. Robinson earned a nursing degree from College of the Desert and subsequently worked as a nurse at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. Ms. Robinson’s dedication as a healthcare professional led her to be a strong voice for cancer research and children’s health, and she has served on numerous related boards, including the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and Gilda’s Club of the Desert, a cancer support organization.


John Barry:

Mr. Barry has nearly 20 years of experience in developing Financial Services sales and trading operations from the startup phase to profitable, mature businesses.

He has previously served as an underwriter and trader of callable structured debt with firms such as Mizuho Securities, ABN-AMRO/LaSalle National Bank. John founded and ran divisions of Amherst Securities, Sovereign Bank and AK Capital. While at Sovereign Bank, his underwriting team consistently funded the bank with $10-20BB annually in deposits. In 2003, he pioneered the use of callable agency step-up structures to minimize interest rate risk underwriting $8BB in 2003 alone.

In 2005, he founded, the first "All to All" FINRA registered broker/dealer and licensed Alternative Trading System. As Chairman and CEO, he ushered the company from inception to publicly traded entity, developing relationships and adding 2200 customer accounts in a 2-year span. was subsequently acquired by the London Stock Exchange in 2014.

Mr. Barry has distinguished himself as a top 20 Global GSE Underwriter over multiple years and continues to thrive as a middle market and wholesale distributor of multiple classes of debt. He has been a speaker at Conferences such the American Bankers Association, Government Finance Officer Association, Credit Union Services Organization and the Native American Finance Officers Association.

John, along with Alan Mele, founded Tribal Capital Partners, the holding company of Tribal Capital Markets, LLC as a partnership with Morongo to bring financial services to the American Indian community. John's current role at the firm is Co-Managing day to day operations across all business lines at the direction of the Board of Managers. Mr. Barry also is responsible for vetting any New Business Initiatives on behalf of Morongo as well as ensuring that the firm’s growth strategy meets their objectives.

In late 2001 Mr. Barry Co-founded the WTC Foundation (World Trade Children), a charity that raised money for the families of Sandler O’Neill, Cantor Fitzgerald and Keefe Bruyette and Woods. John has also served on the Board of Trustees of his high school alma mater, SCH Academy, and is an active member of the Navy Seal Foundation Host Committee.

Mr. Barry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Georgetown University.

FINRA Licenses: Series 7, 24, 53, 63


Alan Mele:

Mr. Mele offers decades of trading and distribution experience gained in a variety of roles at UBS Securities, LLC and PaineWebber prior to their merger.

Alan initiated his career as an Auditor at the former Ernst and Whinney (currently Ernst and Young), focused on various closely held enterprises across the Northeast. Following that three-year period, he joined PaineWebber as a Sales Coordinator with a subsequent transfer to Government Debt trading, where he eventually managed numerous trading areas that included Government Debt, GSE trading, Zero Coupon trading as well as the management of Money Market product distribution.

During his long tenure at UBS Mr. Mele gained a breadth of experience in areas that include the aforementioned trading disciplines, syndicate structuring, electronic trading development, direct client sales and marketing, as well as portfolio analysis.

Alan played a key role in the development of the UBS/PW Fixed Income distribution business, as both a risk and trading manager, that  ultimately developed into a nearly quarter billion-dollar annual revenue stream. His risk management areas of responsibility were wide ranging and included Government/GSE Debt, Corporate Credit, Mortgage Backed Debt, Preferred Equity, Brokered Deposits, Emerging Markets, Money Markets, etc. Mr. Mele’s conservative approach in this role allowed for success and profitability through a multitude of market cycles.

Alan’s efforts in distribution helped UBS to achieve multiple Global Top 3 GSE league table rankings during his tenure and he continues to maintain an industry wide wholesale network that serves as a beneficial collaborative partner that benefits Tribal Capital’s client base.

Teaming with John Barry, Alan co-founded Tribal Capital Partners, the holding company of Tribal Capital Markets, LLC as a partnership with Morongo to bring financial services to the American Indian community. Alan serves as Co-Manager in day-to-day operations across all business lines at the direction of the Board of Managers. Mr. Mele is also responsible for all administrative and accounting issues at TCM.

Mr. Mele holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Accounting from New York University.

FINRA Licenses: Series 7, 24, 63