Our Team

Judith Le Blanc (Caddo)

Judith Le Blanc (Caddo)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Judith is a member of the Caddo Tribe who has an endless appetite for fry bread, an inter-tribal culinary delight! As the executive director of Native Organizers Alliance (NOA), she has learned many intertribal secrets to good fry bread. She leads a national Native training and organizing network which supports tribes, traditional societies, and grassroots community groups in urban and tribal communities.

Judith is part of a growing circle of Indian Country leaders who understand the necessity for an organized, durable ecosystem of Native leaders and organizers who lead with traditional values. NOA leads learning circles, training, and strategic planning sessions to support Native leaders in organizing the grassroots movements for structural reforms, leading to Native sovereignty and racial equity for all.

Judith has worked since 2016 with the Brave Heart Society, a traditional Dakota women’s society, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe on the Mni Wakan Wizipan. It is a project to re-establish the Yankton Sioux and other Oceti Sakowin tribes’ inherent rights to co-management the Missouri River bio-region.

Judith is a board member of IllumiNative and chair of the board of NDN. She is a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow.

judith@nativeorganizing.org

Carol Davis (Diné/Navajo)

Carol Davis (Diné/Navajo)

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Carol Davis is from the Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House) clan and born of the Tótsohnii (Big Water) clan. Carol has had the privilege of working within her traditional homeland of the Diné people for over twenty-five years as a public administrator in both the government and nonprofit sectors. Carol holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Management from Northern Arizona University.

Carol has worked closely with Indigenous communities, local leaders, Tribal leaders, Congressional leaders, and nonprofit organizations to advocate for a better quality of life for her people–e.g. securing funds for community infrastructure, developing public housing, educating the public on the social, environmental, health, and cultural costs of energy development, or helping to coordinate integrated voter engagement in her region. Her leadership and advocacy is centered by core Indigenous values such as being a good relative, relating to others with good intentions, accountability to her community, and acknowledging the interconnectedness of all Life.

Her hobbies include traveling abroad with family to learn about other cultures and their traditional cuisine, cooking, and creating fond memories with her seven grandchildren, six of whom are 5 years old or younger.

carol@nativeorganizing.org

Robert Chanate (Kiowa)

Robert Chanate (Kiowa)

TRAINING DIRECTOR

Robert Chanate (he/him) is a member of the Kiowa Nation 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 nonprofits 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 it’s an honor to work for the Native Organizers Alliance.

robert@nativeorganizing.org

Jennifer Fairbanks (Blackfeet/Ojibwe)

Jennifer Fairbanks (Blackfeet/Ojibwe)

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Jennifer Fairbanks (she/her) is 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, analytics, web development, 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

Sunanda Ghosh

Sunanda Ghosh

DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIP GROWTH

Sunanda is the Director of Partnership Growth at the Native Organizers Alliance (NOA), supporting NOA and partners with capacity building and fundraising strategy. She has focused on fundraising and organizational strategy with national and international nonprofits and agencies for over 25 years while working with grassroots organizations focused on community organizing to large institutions working on capital campaigns. Sunanda has worked with the American Friends Service Committee, Human Rights Watch, Stronghold Society, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Drexel University, Artists for Humanity, Philadelphia Contemporary, and Picture Motion. Her work has focused on leadership development, strategic planning, capacity building, and fundraising strategy. Sunanda sits on the boards of the Rail Park, BlackStar Projects, Skateistan, and the Center for Victims of Torture. She is based in Philadelphia and has worked in India, South Africa, and Brazil, and speaks fluent Bengali.

sunanda@nativeorganizing.org

Warren Griffin, Jr. (Yup’ik)

Warren Griffin, Jr. (Yup’ik)

ADVOCACY MANAGER

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, Massachusett, 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 Indegenous 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

Joshua Hudson (Ojibwe)

Joshua Hudson (Ojibwe)

ORGANIZING FELLOWSHIP MANAGER

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

Nicole Anangoons Smith (Ojibwe)

Nicole Anangoons Smith (Ojibwe)

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Nicole Smith is the Director of Operations for Native Organizers Alliance where she provides leadership and support to the areas of operations, advancement, finance, human resources, and fiscal sponsorship. Nicole is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe and currently resides on the reservation with her children. She has worked as a grassroots organizer for several years with the youth in her community as well as neighboring communities. Nicole holds a Masters in Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota. In her free time Nicole enjoys traveling to powwows across Indian Country with her family dancing.

nicole@nativeorganizing.org

TeAta DeCorah (Oneida/Ho-Chunk/Nakota)

TeAta DeCorah (Oneida/Ho-Chunk/Nakota)

SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER

TeAta DeCorah is the Executive Liaison to the Executive Director for Native Organizers Alliance. She is committed to providing support in NOA’s initiatives, strengthening the political empowerment of Native grassroots movements for sovereignty, as well as the health and well-being of Indian Country through tireless dedication to honoring Native cultures and practices. TeAta is affiliated with the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and the Fort Belknap Assiniboine Sioux. She currently resides in DePere, Wisconsin, not far from the Oneida Nation Reservation.

Much of TeAta’s work has focused on healthcare administration and building better systems to support growing organizations and institutions. TeAta worked within the Bellin healthcare system before feeling called back into her roots within the Native community. TeAta has a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in management. An interesting aspect of TeAta’s family history is that her great-grandmother was Juanita Tucker, a renowned artist known for making Indian artifacts whose work has been displayed at the Smithsonian and in museums all over the world. Juanita was also featured in Montana’s Indians Yesterday and Today.

teata@nativeorganizing.org

Lonnie Provost (Dakota)

Lonnie Provost (Dakota)

NATIONAL ORGANIZER

Lonnie Provost (he/him) is a member of the Ihanktonwan Oyate & resides on the ancestral lands of the Oceti Sakowin in South Dakota. Lonnie is a National Organizer & part of the trainers’ cohort for NOA. He is committed to helping grow the circle of Indigenous leaders across Native country who understand the need to be organized to further our efforts for Tribal sovereignty, environmental justice, & racial equality.

Lonnie also works with Brave Heart Society, a traditional Dakota women’s society, on the Mni Wizipan Wakan Project (Sacred Water Bundle). The project’s goal is to re-establish the Ihanktonwan & the Oceti Sakowin’s inherent rights to Co-Managenment of the Missouri River.

lonnie@nativeorganizing.org

Shea Vassar Gomez (Cherokee)

Shea Vassar Gomez (Cherokee)

SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL COORDINATOR

Shea Vassar Gomez (she/they) is the Social Media and Digital Coordinator for Native Organizers Alliance. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York on traditional Lenape land. Her work as a journalist and writer brings a special attention to overarching narratives and unique perspectives that are vital in today’s online platforms. Shea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film from Hunter College and a Master of Legal Studies focusing in Indigenous Peoples Law from the University of Oklahoma.

shea@nativeorganizing.org