Mayana (Yana) Katherine Ludwig is a 49 year old Laramie resident who was born in Bemidji, MN, having missed the excitement of the 1960’s by a mere 5 weeks. She is a bisexual woman married to Matt J. Stannard, the former debate coach at the University of Wyoming and a UW Law school graduate. Matt is a writer, producer, and teacher on cooperative economics and debate.
Her grandfather was also the editor of the largest union newspaper in the country, after a long and distinguished union career with the railroads.
Her first major march for human rights was the big gay rights march on Washington DC in 1993. Since then, she has participated in numerous Take Back the Night events, Women’s marches, anti-war and pro-science protests, and many ecological activist actions including the People’s Climate March in NYC in 2014. In college she was in student government, a campus leader of the MN Public Interest Research Group, and a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Student Alliance. Yana is a sexual assault survivor, and has dealt with various forms of gender and class discrimination.
Yana’s professional career has focused on the nonprofit sector, where she has been the Director of numerous nonprofits including Project Grow Community Gardens, Recycling Jackson, and the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture.
Yana Ludwig is a regular contributor to Communities magazine and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. She has lived in community since 1996. Her latest book, Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption looks at the role of community, cooperation and social justice in addressing and surviving climate disruption, and was awarded the Communal Studies Association 2017 Book of the Year Award.
She is the former Executive Director of both the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and Commonomics USA, an economic justice organization, and her nonprofit career spans 30 years. Her latest organizational project is working to launch the National Community Land Trust for Collective Liberation.
Yana is a dynamic, compassionate and thoughtful speaker and teacher, and a minister committed to creating a world that supports the well-being and vibrancy of all beings. Her 2013 TEDx kicked off a new era for her as a public speaker and advocate for communities, and she spent 5 ½ months on the road in 2015 on a national speaking tour. Yana has had a consulting and teaching practice since 2005, focusing on consensus, facilitation, conflict resolution and cooperative leadership development.
She lives in Laramie, WY where a group of fellow economic radicals including her husband, Matt J. Stannard have started the Solidarity Collective, an income-sharing community in the belly of the fossil fuel beast. Solidarity Collective produces the Solidarity House family of podcasts, and hosts house concerts in their home, a historic 1878 mansion they are renovating on occupied indigenous land outside of Laramie.
Her Wyoming activism includes being part of the #WyoSayNo campaign to block an immigrant internment camp from being built in the state, being a founding member of Albany County for Proper Policing, and part of the Wyoming SURJ Chapter (standing up for racial justice). Yana is a white, cisgendered, queer woman from a mixed class background. 
- Studied Creative writing at Eastern Michigan University
- Studied at Carleton College
- Went to Garber High School
- Went to Boyne City High School
US Senate run
Activist and community organizer Yana Ludwig, a Democrat, announced her candidacy for the party’s nomination in a June event at Washington Park in Laramie, where she has lived since moving to the state in 2016.
Republican Mike Enzi announced in May that he would retire from the Senate. Ludwig is the first candidate to officially announce their intentions
SE Wyoming Democratic Socialists of America October 21 at 5:37 PM ·
The South Eastern Wyoming Democatic Socialists of America Organizing Committee is proud to announce the endorsement of Wyoming Senate candidate Yana Ludwig. A candidate who won’t be bought out, who is willing to fight for the working class and poor, and fight climate change in a manner that ensures a just and developmental transition for our fossil dependent state. We hope to soon see her in the Senate, making change not only for Wyoming, but for the whole of the United States. Good luck, Yana!
Yana Ludwig August 2 2019.
Yana Ludwig is involved with SE Wyoming Democratic Socialists of America.
DSA At-Large Delegate list
DSA At-Large Delegates, 2019 Convention included Yana Ludwig Wyoming.
Yana Ludwig May 17, 2018 ·