Community Food Systems Mentor Profile: Niaz Dorry

The Community Food Systems Mentorship Program offers Network members the opportunity to work directly with a food systems expert to support their growth, learn best practices, and connect with seasoned food movement leaders. 

Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and Executive Director, National Family Farm Coalition

Niaz has been a community organizer for over 30 years. The life changing moment came in 1994 when as a Greenpeace campaigner she switched from organizing in communities fighting for environmental justice to organizing fishing communities. From the start she recognized the similarities between family farmers’ fight for a more just and ecologically responsible land-based food system and that of community-based fishermen fighting to fix the broken sea-based food system. She has been serving as the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance since 2008. One of the first things NAMA did after Niaz took the helm was to join the National Family Farm Coalition as its first non-farming member. The two organizations entered into an innovative shared-leadership model on May 1, 2018, putting Niaz in the new role of serving the work of both organizations and further cementing the relationship and interdependence between land and sea. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Broad level strategic thinking 
  • Diving deep into connection between “work” and personal purpose 
  • Community organizing 
  • Cross-sector movement building 
  • Organizational capacity building 

Seeking to Mentor

I’m interested in working with those who want to explore cross sector movement building to achieve our food system aspirations 

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