LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE
“Advocating for and supporting all levels of food security and food sovereignty in local, tribal, regional, national and international arenas”
NAFSA’S Leadership Council (Board of Directors) is comprised of 16 activists that have been working on Native food sovereignty issues for many years. Their combined wisdom and experience have provided the organization with a firm foundation on which to build and sustain a movement that will affect Native communities now and in the years to come.
The Leadership Council has guided the ongoing activities and the formation of the organization. In 2016, the current board of directors was elected from the Leadership Council to serve five-year terms with staggered elections for continuity and smooth transitions. The board meets quarterly by conference call and meets in person annually.
Boards have 3 and 5-year terms that are up for re-election. Seven members from the Leadership Council serve on the Executive Committee for renewable 1-year terms.
Open seats for Leadership Council will be filled 2019-2020.
Selection of new Leadership Council members will take place through a nomination, review and evaluation process. Nominations and applications from Indigenous grassroots advocates, community members and food producers who want to serve the mission of NAFSA will begin mid-2019.
Nominations will be reviewed by the Leadership Council. This process allows for transparency, accountability, and inclusivity.
Our dedicated Leadership and Governance guides NAFSA to success!
2020 Staff and Consultants
Diane Wilson, Dakota
Executive Director, NAFSA
Coordinator, Food and Culinary Program
2020-2021 Executive Committee
Jon Matthews, Nez Perce (Nimiipuu)
Chief Financial Officer, Colombia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Gloria Skeet, Dine
Board At-Large, NAFSA
Registered with the Navajo Nation
Leadership Council Member, NAFSA
Pati Martinson, French-Lakota
Leadership Council Member, NAFSA Director
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