LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE
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. Selection of new Leadership Council members take place through a transparent and inclusive nomination, review and evaluation process.
Our dedicated Leadership and Governance guides NAFSA to success!
Staff and Consultants
Kristina Stanley, Ojibwe - Red Cliff Band
AAron Lowden, Acoma pueblo
Indigenous Seedkeepers Network Program Coordinator
2021 Executive Committee
Julie Garreau, Cheyenne River Sioux
Executive Director, Cheyenne River Youth Project
Edward H Hall III, Arikara / Hidatsa
Committee Vice President
Transportation Specialist/Tourism Coordinator, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Jon Matthews, Nez Perce (Nimiipuu)
Chief Financial Officer, Colombia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Dan Cornelius, Oneida
Technical Assistance Specialist for the Great Lakes Region, Intertribal Ag. Council
2016 – 2021 Leadership Council
Clayton Brascoupe, Mohawk
Executive Director, Native American Traditional Farmers Association
Elvera Sargent, Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne
Manager, Friends of the Akwesasne Freedom School
Assistant Professor of Practice American Indian Studies, University of Arizona
dr. Josie Chase, Mandan / Hidatsa Ihunktawanna / Hunkpapa
Consultant /Director Horse Nation Healing
michelle dubray, mandan hidatsa arikara nation of north dakota
Pinto Horse Woman Consulting
Advisory and Ex-Officio Leadership Council Members
Adae Romero, Cochiti pueblo / Kiowa
Associate Director of Research, First Nations Development Institute