Terry Supahan



Executive Director

True North Organizing Network


Terry has for over 30 years worked with tribes and rural governments on California’s North Coast and throughout the West to bring communities together around their priorities for water, land, improving public schools, immigration language, housing, and community economic development. For the past eight years he has specialized in infrastructure development including strategic thinking and planning for:

  • Rural transportation and roads with the mission of making roads safer and more liveable and walkable 
  • Broadband deployment and Internet access 
  • Water planning and outreach 
  • Regional waste management systems 
  • Community health and tribal wellness programs

Terry designed his major in American Studies at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon with the goal of returning to live and work on the Klamath River in the ancestral territory of his people of the Karuk Tribe. He worked for four years in the Planning Department of the Hoopa Tribe, before becoming the Tribal Manager and later Councilman for over six years at the Karuk Tribe.

Terry saw a need working on projects in Indian Country for a stronger emphasis on Financial Management as well as the need for Development Financing and Capitalization; and did graduate-level course work in a certificated program of the National Development Council to become an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP).

Terry’s academic research and training has supported the practical experience he has gained from working on community organizing in his local region, in the West as well as throughout the United States. Terry has been a consultant to the tribal representatives serving on the President’s National Ocean Council. Additionally, under a broad community organizing umbrella, Terry has facilitated a wide range of community projects that include: downtown rural revitalization and transportation systems, and financial packaging of tribal water, sewer, and infrastructure projects; as well as numerous tribal, state and regional community development projects. In October of 2022, Terry became a member of the Global Landscape Stewardship Network and traveled to Australia as part of a climate education and cultural exchange leader. 

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