WMAN is run by a part time staffer and members of an elected volunteer 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.
WMAN employs a 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.
In December 2017, WMAN hired its first Indigenous Coordinator. The Network Indigenous Coordinator is responsible for facilitating Network communications, especially among WMAN’s Indigenous Caucus participants and between the Indigenous Caucus and Network as a whole; fundraising for the Indigenous Coordinator Position and Indigenous Caucus; promoting, utilizing and acquiring tools and resources for WMAN’s Indigenous participants; and assisting the WMAN Coordinator in Network functions and operations.
Sayokla (It Snows Again) D. Williams of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of WI- Turtle Clan resides in Green Bay, WI- within the boundaries of the Oneida Reservation.
As a lifelong activist, Sayokla’s career in environmental justice began when she was hired by the Indigenous Environmental Network and their partner, Project Underground, to lead the Indigenous Mining Campaign Project in 1999. Her past work experience also includes that of Grant Development Specialist for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of WI developing grant proposals for various tribal departments from Oneida Culture and Heritage for Language Preservation to the Inter-Tribal Bison Council to expand the Oneida Tribal Bison Herd. She is currently a fellow with We Own It (a non-profit organization dedicated to building grassroots leaders to increase democratic participation in energy cooperatives. Sayokla is a member of the IEN Board of Directors, and is active in the fight to stop the proposed Back 40 Sulfide Mine.