Nurturing New Leaders

At NAMA, we actively work on building leadership capacity within our organization, the Fish Locally Collaborative, and our ally networks. We believe that spreading out the work and fostering multiple layers of leadership is core to our networks' strength and longevity. Building movements takes time and decentralizing our leadership ensures we're in it for the long haul.

Next Generation

We are also making room for the next generation of leaders that can propel this work forward. This is new to the marine conservation world, although not in the food system and social justice work. Our strategy is to marry the two by bringing the next generation of fishermen and fishing community advocates together with their peers in the food, social, environmental and economic justice movements. We believe the combination will prove incredibly powerful and a non-violent force for change that can lead to healthier ocean ecosystems, more vibrant coastal communities, economically just seafood value chain, and a truly sustainable and inclusive food system. Read more about this commitment in this message from NAMA's coordinating director, Niaz Dorry.

Leadership Models

A few of the leadership models that inspire us include the Rockwood Leadership Institute and the Interaction Institute for Social Change, which encourage facilitative leadership approaches designed to deepen collaboration, better align others around shared values, and engage in collective action.

NAMA works with the Fish Locally Collaborative co-organizers and allies to design leadership retreats, Fish Camps, and FLC Assemblies on an ongoing basis. In addition we strive to ensure that new leaders are constantly getting plugged into the various conferences, panels, public events (like Seafood Throwdowns), and network committees that are constantly on our radar.

Real Food Challenge students and young leaders join community based fishermen to testify at New England Fisheries Management Council meetings