|Rebecca Landsberry-Baker (Muscogee) – Executive Director|
Rebecca Landsberry-Baker is the executive director of the Native American Journalists Association, which advocates for accurate representations of Indigenous people in media and press freedom throughout Indian Country. She is a former tribal media editor for the Muscogee Nation News and served as vice president of the Mvskoke Media Editorial Board, where she was responsible for oversight of the independent tribal agency from 2015-2018. She was a recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “Native American 40 Under 40” award in 2018.
She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma where she studied public relations and Native American studies at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Strategic Communication. She is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and is based in Los Angeles with deep ties to her tribe and home in Oklahoma.
|Francine Compton (Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation)|
Francine Compton joins NAJA from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where she served as a producer for CBC Indigenous in Winnipeg. Before CBC, Compton served as executive producer for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, APTN National News for eastern Canada and the network’s political show Nation to Nation.
She joined APTN full-time in February 2000 as an assistant director. In 2008 she shifted to the editorial side of APTN’s newsroom and soon found herself in a position to form the networks first investigative unit. She served as a producer and then executive producer of APTN Investigates for nearly 7 years.
|Sterling Cosper (Muscogee) – Membership Manager|
Muscogee citizen Sterling Cosper (he/him) is membership manager for the Native American Journalists Association, where he is a former a board member, is former president of the Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Chapter and current vice president of the SPJ FOI Committee.
He was manager of Mvskoke Media at Muscogee Nation and resigned in November 2018 due to the tribal government’s repeal of the original MCN free press law. A free press law has since been reinstated and strengthened through placement in the tribal constitution. He remains an advocate for tribal free press in alignment with NAJA’s values and mission.
|Sheena Roetman (Lakota) – Education Manager|
Sheena Roetman, Lakota, is the education manager for the Native American Journalists Association.
Previously, Roetman spent six years as director of membership and programs at the Atlanta Press Club, as well as nearly 10 years as a freelance journalist. Her work can be found at Indian Country Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Native Peoples Magazine, Vice Sports and more.
Roetman holds a degree in Journalism with a research specialty in American Indian Media from Georgia State University. She is currently based in Atlanta, Ga.
|Justine Medina (Navajo, Winnebago, Menominee) – Program Manager|
Justine Medina (she/hers) is Navajo, Winnebago, Menominee and is from Tongva and Acjachemen Territory (Long Beach, CA). Justine is committed and passionate about serving her Native American community. At the age of 15 years old her community service began as a volunteer at the American Indian Community Council and participated in United Native Youth of Los Angeles.
Justine received her BA in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles after transferring from Rio Hondo Community College and received an MA in International Administration from the University of Denver. Her interest in policy began with her personal experience. She was intrigued that Federal Indian Policy brought her maternal grandparents to Los Angeles as a result of the Indian Relocation Act.
Justine has held many roles working within the community. Some of her previous roles are Assistant Director of Native American/Alaskan Recruiter at UCLA and Transfer Admission Counselor/Native American Outreach at UCI. Most recently she held a role as a Community Organizer at California Native Project leading their Indigenous Education Now! Campaign and Native Youth for Justice youth organizing program.