Our Team

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Judith Le Blanc (Caddo): Judith Le Blanc (she/her) is a citizen of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma and Executive Director of the Native Organizers Alliance (NOA), a national Native training and organizing network. In the last 10 years, NOA has built relationships with tribes, traditional societies and grassroots community groups in Native communities and on reservations through Native community organizing training, strategic campaign planning and support.

At the core of our work is the belief that organizing a grassroots, ecosystem of Native leaders and organizers who share a common theory of change rooted in traditional values and sacred practices is the critical foundation to achieve tribal sovereignty and racial equity for all. We practice, as we say in Indian Country, being “a good relative.” Based on this principle, we pursue a spiritually directed organizing strategy rooted in total awareness of the environment, past, and future, and acting in harmony with all in the natural world and humanity, in the present.

She is honored to serve on the board of IllumiNative, and as chair of the board of NDN. She was a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow. She is a Grandma and lives in Harlem, NY with her partner. Her guilty passion is trashy TV!

judith@nativeorganizing.org

STAFF

Robert Chanate (Kiowa Nation): Robert Chanate (he/him) is the NOA Training Director and has supported Indigenous Peoples efforts at their request for most of his adult life. At times his roles have changed but over the last 20 years he has been asked to serve in a trainer, organizer and facilitator role. Robert has worked with Indigenous grassroots groups, traditional native societies, tribal governments, and various native led non profits in the U.S and Canada. He’s also worked with People of Color and White ally led organizations in the areas of environmental, racial and social justice through the years. Robert feels its an honor to work for the Native Organizers Alliance.

robert@nativeorganizing.org

Nicole Anangoons Smith (Ojibwe): Nicole Smith (she/her) is Native Organizers Alliance’s Director of Operations. Nicole is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior, where she resides with her children. Nicole provides administration support to the entire NOA staff. She was also the Natives Vote 2020 National Voter Engagement Coordinator.

Before coming to NOA, Nicole worked in her community organizing cultural events for tribal youth. She has also worked as the Communications Director for Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe and the Bad River Tribe. She holds a bachelor degree in Business/Communications from the University of Wisconsin and this spring will earn her Masters in Tribal Administration and Governance from University of Minnesota/Duluth.

In Nicole’s spare time, she enjoys traveling to Powwows all over Indian Country with her children and participating in marathons blazing the trails in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

nicole@nativeorganizing.org

Jennifer FairbanksJennifer Fairbanks (Red Lake Nation/Blackfeet): Jennifer Fairbanks (she/her) is the Communications Director for Native Organizers Alliance, committed to elevating Native-led grassroots movements at the national and local levels through narrative change. Jennifer is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation and a descendant of the Blackfeet Nation. She currently resides in St Paul, Minnesota, on traditional Dakota territory. Much of Jennifer’s work has focused on Native representation, storytelling, and social justice. Her previous experience includes strategic digital marketing and working within the philanthropic sector to increase funding to Native nonprofits. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Hamline University.

jennifer@nativeorganizing.org

Joshua Hudson (Bay Mills Indian Community): Joshua Hudson (he/him, they/them) is the Organizing Fellowship Manager for Native Organizers Alliance, committed to supporting the development of Native leaders and organizers who will play a role in achieving meaningful structural reforms

Joshua is a citizen of Bay Mills Indian Community and currently resides in Bawating (Sault Ste. Marie, MI), in the heart of Anishinaabe territory.

Much of Joshua’s work has focused on health and healing within human services and community Development in urban and rural reservation settings.

Joshua has previously led the National Native Network, advancing public health training and technical assistance efforts across Indian Country relating to cancer and tobacco.

Joshua holds a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Central Michigan University

  • Formerly a Class II Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network, focusing on leading transformational change for children, families, and communities.
  • Formerly served as a duly elected Judge for Bay Mills Tribal Court’s Appellate Court
  • Formerly appointed Healing to Wellness Court Judge
  • I enjoy beading and sewing as primary outlets for my creativity.

joshua@nativeorganizing.org

    Warren Griffin, Jr (Yup’ik): Warren Griffin Jr. is the Advocacy Manager for Native Organizers Alliance, committed to supporting the leadership capacity of Native tribes and community groups to build grassroots movements for transformational change. Warren Griffin Jr. is Yup’ik from the Native Village of Goodnews Bay Alaska and currently resides in Boston Ma, the ancestral homeland of the Pawtucket, Massachusetts, Nipmuc, and Wampanoag tribal Nations. Much of Warren’s work has focused on Urban Indian Health and using culture as a tool for Health Promotion and Disease prevention. Warren has worked as a Community Health Worker at Native American LifeLines of Boston. Warren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Indigenous and American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University. Warren also crossed Phi Sigma Nu, the nation’s first and largest Native Fraternity.

    warren@nativeorganizing.org