Executive Director

Pamala M. Silas, CAE

Over the past 25 years, Pam Silas has been a recognized leader in building organizational capacity of membership organizations, particularly in under-represented communities. 

She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a credential held by only five percent of the association management field. Pam’s career experience is embedded with her connections and trainings influenced by Native culture and community as an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin and descendant of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin.

Pam is currently providing executive management services for the Native American Journalists Association and other national American Indian organizations as well as training and consulting with other groups throughout the U.S.  

Prior to forming her own association management company, Pam was chief executive officer of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society’s national operation and AISES Publishing Inc.  She has served as executive director for Metropolitan Tenants Organization, organizing and defending tenant rights for Chicago’s most vulnerable renters.

Her experience includes serving on the founding board of Streetwise Newspaper, a bi-weekly print publication sold by the homeless and the advisory council of Working Mother Magazine’s Best Companies for Women of Color Initiative.

She has provided volunteer leadership to public and tribal boards, committees and taskforces including Chicago’s Council on Women, Community Development Advisory Council, Chicago’s Low Income Housing Trust Fund Board, United Way’s Needs Assessment Committee, the Menominee Indian Tribal Gaming Commission, Prosperity Works New Mexico and Native Ways Federation.