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.

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. 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 GOVERNANCE

Our dedicated Leadership and Governance guides NAFSA to success!

Staff and Consultants


 

Diane Wilson, Lakota

Executive Director

diane@nativefoodalliance.org

Rowen White, Mohawk

Program Director – Indigenous Seed Keeper’s Network

rowen@nativefoodalliance.org

Nicole Yanes, OPATA

Supervisor – Food and Culinary Mentorship Program

nicole@nativefoodalliance.org

Elena Terry, Ho-chunk

Coordinator – Food and Culinary Program

elena@nativefoodalliance.org

KAYLEIGH WARREN, SANTA CLARA PUEBLO / ISLETA PUEBLO

Communications Coordinator

kayleigh@nativefoodalliance.org

DR. JESSICA DOLAN

Grant Writer

grants@nativefoodalliance.org

KRISTINE PIASECKI, COUCHICHING First nation

Human Resources + Finance Specialist

kristine@nativefoodalliance.org

Shiloh Maples, OJIBWE / ODawa

Upper Midwest Regional Seed Network Coordinator

shiloh@nativefoodalliance.org

2020-2021 Executive Committee


 

Julie Garreau, Cheyenne River Sioux

 President, NAFSA

Executive Director of Cheyenne River Youth Project

Edward H Hall III, Arikara / Hidatsa

Vice President, NAFSA

Transportation Specialist/Tourism Coordinator, Bureau of Indian Affairs

ehhh3d@verizon.net

Elizabeth Hoover, Mohawk

Secretary, NAFSA

Manning Assistant Professor, American Studies at Brown University

elizabeth_m_hoover@brown.edu

 

Jon Matthews, Nez Perce (Nimiipuu)

Treasurer, NAFSA

Chief Financial Officer, Colombia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

matj@critfc.org

Josie Chase, Mandan/Hidatsa Ihunktawanna/Hunkpa

Board At-Large, NAFSA

Consultant /Director Horse Nation Healing

jozc@wescomm.com

Dan Cornelius, Oneida

Board At-Large, NAFSA

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

dan@IndianAgLink.com

 

Roy Kady, Dine

Board At-Large, NAFSA

Navajo-Churro Sheep Presidium

roykady@outlook.com

Gloria Skeet, Dine

Board At-Large, NAFSA

 

Leadership Council


 

Terrie Bad Hand, Italian-Cherokee

Leadership Council Member, NAFSA

Director, Taos County Economic Development Corporation

tcedc@tcedc.org

Clayton Brascoupe, Mohawk

Leadership Council Member, NAFSA

Executive Director, Native American Traditional Farmers Association

tnafa_org@yahoo.com

 

Les Brown

Leadership Council Member, NAFSA

villageevents@gmail.com

Terrol Johnson, Tohono O’odham

Leadership Council Member, NAFSA

Executive Director, Tohono O’odham Community Action

tdewj@yahoo.com

Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe

Leadership Council Member, NAFSA

Executive Director, Honor the Earth

winonaladuke1@gmail.com

Pati Martinson, French-Lakota

Leadership Council Member, NAFSA Director

Taos County Economic Development Corporation

tcedc@tcedc.org

Loretta Barrett Oden, Potawatomi

Leadership Council Member, NAFSA

Chef
shedreams2@me.com

Tristan Reader

Leadership Council Member, NAFSA

Assistant Professor of Practice American Indian Studies, University of Arizona

treader@email.arizona.edu

Adae Romero, Cochiti/Kiowa

Leadership Council Member, NAFSA

Associate Director of Research, First Nations Development Institute

vena.adae@gmail.com

Elvera Sargent, Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne

Leadership Council Member, NAFSA

Manager, Friends of the Akwesasne Freedom School

bela@westelcom.com

Founding Council Members

Raymond Foxworth

Dana Eldridge

Jeff Metoxen

Dave Monture

Rita Williams