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Longtime Coordinating Director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and NFFC board member and treasurer, Niaz Dorry was named Executive Director of NFFC in May 2018. NFFC and NAMA have entered into an innovative shared leadership model, with Niaz at the helm of both organizations.
Prior to joining NAMA, Niaz was Interim COO for the Healthy Building Network, helping to apply environmental justice principles to building materials, at a time when HBN was working on homes in the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She worked with Greenpeace for 11 years as a toxics and environmental justice campaigner. She spent two years in Ohio in that time, fighting with communities along the Ohio River Valley against a Waste Technologies Industries hazardous waste incinerator. It was during her time at Greenpeace that she began working with community-based fishermen. The span of her work has made her well aware of the problems facing rural communities through concentration, lost markets, crumbling infrastructure, and diminished health care.
National Program Coordinator
Lisa is NFFC’s National Program Coordinator, after serving as Interim Executive Director for over a year in 2017, ably guiding the Coalition through a major leadership transition. Previously, she was Membership and Outreach Coordinator for many years, facilitating NFFC’s work on local foods and food sovereignty, animal disease traceability, and anti-GMO deregulation. Prior to joining NFFC, she worked in social justice organizing in Chicago, particularly around food justice. Lisa comes from a family farm in northeast Missouri, and now lives with her husband in southern Illinois.