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.

NAFSA Our Leadership In ActionThe 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


 

Diane Wilson, Lakota

Executive Director

diane@nativefoodalliance.org

KRISTINE PIASECKI, COUCHICHING First nation

Human Resources + Finance Specialist

kristine@nativefoodalliance.org

KAYLEIGH WARREN, SANTA CLARA PUEBLO / ISLETA PUEBLO

Communications Coordinator –  NAFSA Administration

kayleigh@nativefoodalliance.org

Nicole Yanes, OPATA

Supervisor – Food and Culinary Mentorship Program

nicole@nativefoodalliance.org

Rowen White, Mohawk

Program Director – Indigenous Seed Keeper’s Network (ISKN)

rowen@nativefoodalliance.org

Shiloh Maples, OJIBWE / ODAWA

Upper Midwest Regional Seed Network Coordinator – Indigenous Seedkeepers Network (ISKN)

shiloh@nativefoodalliance.org

Kristina Stanley, Ojibwe

Coordinator – Food and Culinary Mentorship Program

kstanley@nativefoodalliance.org

Elena Terry, Ho-chunk

Lead Mentor – Food and Culinary Mentorship Program

elena@nativefoodalliance.org

Arlie Doxtator, Oneida

Lead Mentor – Food and Culinary Mentorship Program

arlie@nativefoodalliance.org

2020 – 2021 Executive Committee


 

Julie Garreau, Cheyenne River Sioux

Committee President

Executive Director, Cheyenne River Youth Project

Edward H Hall III, Arikara / Hidatsa

Committee Vice President

Transportation Specialist/Tourism Coordinator, Bureau of Indian Affairs

ehhh3d@verizon.net

Elizabeth Hoover, Mohawk

Committee Secretary

Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley 

elizabeth_m_hoover@brown.edu

 

Jon Matthews, Nez Perce (Nimiipuu)

Committee Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer, Colombia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

matj@critfc.org

dr. Josie Chase, Mandan / Hidatsa Ihunktawanna / Hunkpapa


Consultant /Director Horse Nation Healing

jozc@wescomm.com

Dan Cornelius, Oneida


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

dan@IndianAgLink.com

 

Roy Kady, DinÉ


Navajo-Churro Sheep Presidium

roykady@outlook.com

Gloria Skeet, DinÉ

2016 – 2021 Leadership Council


 

Clayton Brascoupe, Mohawk


Executive Director, Native American Traditional Farmers Association

tnafa_org@yahoo.com

 

Loretta Barrett Oden, Potawatomi


Chef

shedreams2@me.com

Terrol Johnson, Tohono O’odham


Executive Director, Tohono O’odham Community Action

tdewj@yahoo.com

Les Brown


villageevents@gmail.com

Elvera Sargent, Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne


Manager, Friends of the Akwesasne Freedom School

bela@westelcom.com

Tristan Reader


Assistant Professor of Practice American Indian Studies, University of Arizona

treader@email.arizona.edu

Advisory and Ex-Officio Leadership Council Members

Adae Romero, Cochiti pueblo / Kiowa


Associate Director of Research, First Nations Development Institute

vena.adae@gmail.com

Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe


Executive Director, Honor the Earth
winonaladuke1@gmail.com

Terrie Bad Hand, Italian / Cherokee


Co-Founder, Woksapé

tbadhand@newmex.com

Pati Martinson, French / Lakota


Co-Founder, Woksapé

wowoki@taosnet.com

 

Founding Council Members

Raymond Foxworth

Dana Eldridge

Jeff Metoxen

Dave Monture

Rita Williams