MWT CDC Mission Statement
Organized to engage in activities that will promote the social welfare, economic security and community development of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and its enrolled citizens that will enable the Tribe to be self-sufficient and to provide economic support for its tribal citizens.
MWT CDC Vision Statement
It is our vision to develop a successful, native enterprise that will own and operate a portfolio of sustainable businesses that tackle the most pressing issues - low income, high unemployment and lack of affordable housing – that citizens of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe have struggled with for generations.
MWT CDC Values
Our work is grounded in four core values: Equity, Sustainability, Traditional Knowledge, and Diverse Economy
All Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal citizens deserve access to affordable housing, well-paying jobs, and a economic engine that values their heritage, customs and beliefs.
We envision a strong, resilient native economy characterized by healthy homes, clean water and successful business enterprises that serve the needs of the market and the environment.
For generations upon generations the citizens of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe have thrived in this area. They understand the environment and the community and are our best asset for developing a vibrant, native economy.
The talent and knowledge within the community varies widely and we believe a native economy should have inclusive pathways to prosperity with a variety of opportunities for citizens to secure their livelihood.
Talia Landry, President
Talia Landry grew up in Mashpee and graduated Mashpee High School in 2010. At 16 years old, She represented the tribe as the Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow Princess in 2008. She continued her education to Quinnipiac University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus on Broadcast Journalism and a minor in General Business in 2014.
After Graduation, Talia took on different roles for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, starting in the Historic Preservation Department to then the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chair. She has since left the tribal operations to pursue her focus in communications. Her passion lies in her culture and film. She currently works as the Productions Manager for the nationally recognized local Access Television station, MashpeeTV. She has helped create a partnership between the tribe and television station so tribal events are documented by video to be broadcasted and then saved in the tribal archives. She also created the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribes tribal news segment, First Light News, that she produces, reports and edits. She is also one of the filmmakers of the Documentary, Mashpee Nine.
Talia brings a youth perspective, as well as, her education and experience to the CDC board in order to help further the tribes economic development. She has been on the board since 2017.
Nelson Andrews, Jr Vice President
Nelson believes that it is vital for a tribal nation to be self-sufficient toward all incidents that may impact their community.
Nelson has worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a Logistics Section Chief during the Springfield, MA tornado disaster and has served in the capacity of a community relations team leader during Hurricane Katrina. Nelson was the
first on the ground during Hurricane Sandy response and in charge of setting up disaster recovery centers in the initial response days. He was hired onto the FEMA National Incident Management Assistance Team as the support branch director and participated in the Nation’s highest level EM capstone exercise. He was deployed to over 20 presidential declared disasters during his tenure with the agency.
After working for over a decade with FEMA, Nelson moved onto establishing an emergency management department for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. With a lot of planning and determination he has established a department with a budget capacity to
over one million dollars and equipment obtained valuing over five hundred thousand dollars. In addition to obtaining funding he has been instrumental in writing the departments plans, conducting trainings, exercises, establishing mutual aid and applying for and managing numerous grants for his tribe.
Nelson has established a community emergency response team, a tribal task force, a small un-manned aircraft program, and is building the first Tribal Disaster Service AmeriCorps program on the eastern half of U.S. He is a member of the county incident management team, the DOE nuclear energy tribal working group and various federal, state and local committees. Nelson has assisted in each of the DHS Center for Domestic Preparedness tribal training week focus groups.
Nelson manages the wind and solar feasibility study grant programs for his tribe and is working toward helping to build a tribal utility corporation for economic sustainability. He is also a board member on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribes Community Development Corporation.
Nelson is a certified community emergency response team instructor, red-cross instructor and is a graduate of the DHS FEMA emergency management institutes national advanced academy as the fourth tribal nation representative accepted. Nelson is also a graduate of FEMA’s National Incident Management Team academy and has over twelve years of emergency management experience and training.
Nancy Rose Treasurer