Staff & Steering Committee

WMAN is run by a part time staffer and members of an elected volunteer Steering Committee.

Steering Committee

This committee represents the geographic, gender, and racial diversity that reflects the communities affected by hard rock mining. See here for a list of the current 2017-18 Steering Committee Representatives.

The Steering Committee is responsible for guiding the Network, including communications, skills trainings, regional strategy sessions, conference planning, budgeting and fundraising.  Leadership is shared and we seek to make decisions by consensus.

More than half of the current WMAN Steering Committee are community-based indigenous leaders.

The Steering Committee currently consists of 23 members, nominated and elected by WMAN caucuses at the most recent Network conference. They serve a two-year term.


Mary Costello photo WMAN employs one part-time staff member as Network Coordinator. In 2014, Mary Crowe Costello took over as Network Coordinator.

The WMAN Network Coordinator is responsible for  coordinating the work of the WMAN Steering Committee.  The Coordinator also assists with communications among WMAN member groups, supports the program work of the WMAN caucus groups, maintains WMAN’s website and email listserv, and facilitates a biennial conference.

Mary Crowe Costello brings two decades of experience in working on mining issues as co-founder and executive director of the Idaho-based non-profit Rock Creek Alliance.  In that capacity, her work has centered on protecting the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Montana and the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Watershed from two major hard-rock mining proposals. Mary has a B.S. in Conservation Biology and a M.S. in Avian Ecology.  She calls both northwestern Montana and southeastern Utah her home.