Pamala M. Silas
Executive Director- Menominee/Oneida
Pamala Silas services as National American Indian Housing Council’s Executive Director. Over the past 25 years, Pamala has been a recognized leader in community development, particularly in under-represented communities in Chicago and nationally. She has a B.S. in Economics from DePaul University and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). She has operated her own management and consulting company, providing management to groups such as Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and Healthy Native Communities Partnership (HNCP) as well training and consulting to build capacity of nonprofits throughout the U.S. From 2004-2012, She served as Chief Executive Office of American Indian Science & Engineering Society. 1996-2004, she served as Executive Director for Metropolitan Tenants Organization, leading housing campaigns and tenant organizing efforts resulting in tenant protections and programs. Prior to that, Pamala worked on successful community development and housing projects including; William Redcloud Housing Cooperative, International Homes and the Native American Cultural Center of Chicago. She has received a number of awards for her leadership including the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing’s Barbar Grau Outstanding Housing Advocate Award and the Natives in Philanthropy, Flying Eagle Woman Award. Pamala has been appointed to numerous civic leadership roles including; the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund Board, Chair of the Special Houising Committee for Cook County’s Complete Count Census, Member, Joint House-Senate Task Force on Mold in Indoor Environments, Founding Board member of StreetWise Newspaper and Commissioner for Menominee Tribal Gaming Commission. Pamala is an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin and descendant of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin.