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
Marian K. Bitsui, Diné
Director of Communications
2021 Executive Committee
Julie Garreau, Cheyenne River Sioux
Executive Director, Cheyenne River Youth Project
Jon Matthews, Nez Perce (Nimiipuu)
2016 – 2021 Leadership Council
Assistant Professor of Practice American Indian Studies, University of Arizona