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Elaine Willman, MPA, was Chair (2002-2007) of Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA) a national organization of community education groups and citizens in 28 states who reside within or near federally recognized Indian reservations. CERA is the only national organization dedicated to assisting tribal members in receiving civil rights within their tribal governments, and protecting the rights of non-tribal citizens from tribal government over-reaching.
Ms. Willman has a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from California State University at Northridge, and is two-thirds through a doctoral program focused on federal Indian policy. Ms. Willman served as Community Development Director for the City of Toppenish, WA and later was elected to the Toppenish City Council (2006-2008), WA. She was former City of Ojai (CA) assistant to administrator in the 1980s, and served as adjunct-faculty for 12 years in the 1990s through 2007 in Masters in Public and Business Administration programs for a university in WA. Ms. Willman is currently Director of Community Development & Tribal Affairs for the Village of Hobart, WI, a beautiful suburb of Green Bay that is co-located on the historical Oneida Indian Reservation. She is of direct Cherokee lineage through both her mother’s family.