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


 

ted wright, Sitka

Executive Director


ted@nativefoodalliance.org

Marian K. Bitsui, Diné

Director of Communications

marian@nativefoodalliance.org

Kristina Stanley, Ojibwe

Communications Coordinator

stanleyk@nativefoodalliance.org

AAron Lowden, Acoma pueblo

ISKN Program Coordinator

aaron@nativefoodalliance.org

MARIAH ASHLEY, DINÉ

Media & Design Coordinator

mariah@nativefoodalliance.org

Laura Di Piazza

Individual Giving Manager

laura@nativefoodalliance.org

Megan Dwyer

Executive Assistant

megan@nativefoodalliance.org

Jen Schlaich

Consultant, Resource Mobilization

 

Executive Committee

  • Dan Cornelius- Interim Chair
  • Jon Matthews-Treasurer 
  • Gloria Mae Skeet-  Interim Secretary
  • Josie Chase- Member
  • Ed Hall- Member 

2022-2025 Leadership Council

Roy Kady Board Member

Roy Kady, DinÉ


Navajo-Churro Sheep Presidium

roykady@outlook.com

Jon Matthews, Nez Perce (Nimiipuu)

Committee Treasurer

 

john bonaparte, mohawk nation of akwesasne


Bare Bones Farms

JohnLbonaparte@gmail.com

Edward H Hall III, Arikara / Hidatsa

Committee Vice President

Transportation Specialist/Tourism Coordinator, Bureau of Indian Affairs

ehhh3d@verizon.net

2021-2024 Leadership Council


 

Loretta Barrett Oden Leadership

Loretta Barrett Oden, Potawatomi


Chef

shedreams2@me.com

Gloria Skeet

Gloria Skeet, DinÉ

Dan Cornelius Board Member

Dan Cornelius, Oneida


Technical Assistance Specialist for the Great Lakes Region, Intertribal Ag. Council

dan@IndianAgLink.com

 

Josie Chase Leadership

dr. Josie Chase, Mandan / Hidatsa Ihunktawanna / Hunkpapa


Consultant /Director Horse Nation Healing

jozc@wescomm.com

Advisory and Ex-Officio Leadership Council Members

Adae Romero, Cochiti pueblo / Kiowa


Associate Director of Research, First Nations Development Institute

vena.adae@gmail.com

Pati Martinson, French / Lakota


Co-Founder, Woksapé

wowoki@taosnet.com

 

Terrie Bad Hand, Italian / Cherokee


Co-Founder, Woksapé

tbadhand@newmex.com

Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe


Executive Director, Honor the Earth
winonaladuke1@gmail.com