November 18, 2021
On behalf of Western Resource Advocates staff and supporters, we’d like to say thank you and wish a fond farewell to three long-standing members of our board of directors — Chelsea Congdon Brundige, AJ Grant, and Donna House — as they near the end of their terms of service, in November 2021. As we celebrate the integral contributions of Chelsea, AJ, and Donna, we are also welcoming three new advocates to WRA’s board of directors: Portia Prescott, Yadira “Yadi” Sanchez, and Heather Tanana. We are honored to have these three women joining WRA’s board. In fact, we are grateful to all of our board members, who serve as volunteers and dedicate their time and talents to protecting the West. They help govern the organization, raise additional support, and build our network of partners across our seven-state region.
AJ Grant has provided invaluable leadership and guidance as WRA has evolved to meet new challenges and opportunities, including with the recent launch of our planned giving program. She also used her professional expertise to help brand the Climate Fix, WRA’s signature clean energy initiative.
Chelsea Congdon Brundige
Chelsea Congdon Brundige has been a steadfast champion for WRA since 2011, most recently while serving as board chair and an abiding advocate for protecting rivers across Colorado.
Donna House joined the WRA board in 2003 and is a noted advocate for conveying Indigenous Peoples’ Ways, knowledge, and practice as solutions to land, water and air management in the Southwest. She pushed WRA to tackle issues of environmental justice head on, and support and work with Indigenous-led organizations in reduction of carbon pollution in northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico.
Portia Prescott brings with her 20 years of experience in government affairs and community relations addressing diversity policy needs.
Yadira “Yadi” Sanchez
As a nonprofit leader, Yadira “Yadi” Sanchez has a wealth of experience in fundraising and grassroots organizing and is a national innovator in promoting racial equity and diversity.
Heather Tanana’s career as an attorney turned academic is driven by her personal commitment to serving her community and promoting the rights of Indigenous people.