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.
Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for her work. Niaz’ work and approach have been noted in a number of books including Against the Tide; Deeper Shade of Green; The Spirit’s Terrain; Vanishing Species; The Great Gulf; Swimming in Circles; A Troublemaker’s Teaparty; Zugunruhe: The Inner Migration To Profound Environmental Change; Raising Dough: Public History and the Food Movement; The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business; Blue Urbanism: Exploring Connections Between Cities and Oceans; and, The Doryman’s Reflection. She is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Leading From Inside Out and the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s Core Certificate Program.
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.
Siena has been an advocate for family farmers for nearly 15 years. She is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications including Civil Eats, Modern Farmer, Edible Brooklyn, and has worked as a research consultant for Farm Aid, Real Food Challenge, Just Food, and other local and national farmer organizations. In eight years at the New York-based nonprofit WhyHunger, Siena was blog editor, managing director of a USDA-funded online food systems information hub, and supported communities around the country working to change their food systems. She grew up up the rural hilltowns of western Massachusetts, and has lived in Brooklyn, NY, since 2003.
Finance and Administration Coordinator
Cynthia has extensive expereince in business management including in finance, human resources, customer service, and program management, as well as fundraising and event planning She has organized and participated in events for energy conservation organizations, along with administering and planning events in the private and public sectors. Cynthia also serves as Finance Coordinator and Program Associate for NAMA, through our shared leadership model. A mother of three, Cynthia lives on the shore in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Originally from the mountains of western North Carolina, Jordan has spent the last ten years working with family farmers and rural communities on social justice in agriculture, community land rights, and farmer engagement with food systems policy. Jordan’s professional career began with the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, leading grassroots organizing efforts to strengthen farmer lands rights in the southeastern U.S. in response to predatory practices by the fossil fuel industry. In 2012 he shifted his professional focus to the international policy arena with the Food and Agriculture Organization, where he worked with civil society organizations to promote agroecology, strengthen smallholder producer organizations, and implement community land rights initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
In addition to working with farmers on agriculture policy, Jordan has a strong interest in using participatory and community-based research as an advocacy tool. This research background was cultivated through his Masters of Science in Rural Development at Wageningen University (Netherlands) where he researched local community development and the cooperative dairy sector. Jordan received his BA in International Studies from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.