Welcome to Alaska, the Heart of America’s Arctic


In preparation for the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council Governor Walker initiated the formation of the Alaska Arctic Council Host Committee. This body is charged with highlighting Alaska perspectives and priorities by showcasing the state’s people and potential. The Host Committee will serve to develop a robust program designed to welcome visiting delegations, inform Alaskans of Arctic Council activities and link decision makers to the realities, richness and responsibility of Alaska’s Arctic.

At no time in history has Alaska’s Arctic been as prominent in peoples’ minds as it is today. Communities and peoples, businesses, and local, state, regional and national governments around the circumpolar north are faced with increasing change and challenges, as well as opportunities. The Host Committee is made up of Alaskans who well understand change, but who also have a strong commitment to improving the quality of life of Alaskans.

The Alaska Arctic Council Host Committee provides Alaskans with an opportunity to amplify the voices of state and local government, the private sector, community leaders, and a variety of stakeholder groups. This is an opportunity for Alaska’s leadership to engage the Arctic Council on issues important to Alaska.

The Alaska Arctic Council Host Committee has developed a mutually-beneficial feedback loop between federal and state officials, and strengthened relationships with all key Arctic stakeholders. It has the potential to allow partnership opportunities to develop, with more involvement by communities, researchers and the private sector in the sustainable development of the Arctic. The Day of the Arctic in Alaska has come.

Institute of the North
Telephone: (907) 786-6324
Email: nandreassen@institutenorth.org

Working closely with the Governor’s office, the Institute of the North serves as the Secretariat for the Host Committee during the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Activities include:

  • Public Workshops – Prior to a Senior Arctic Official meeting, a half day public workshop will be convened to update Alaskans on U.S. activities during the Chairmanship.
  • These have included Deep Dives into the Arctic Council Working Group.
  • Welcome Receptions – The evening before an Arctic Council meeting, the Host Committee invites visiting delegations to join local leaders in a networking and social event.
  • Alaska Arctic Policy Tours – Two day visits to Alaska’s Arctic, arranged around Arctic Council meetings, will provide an opportunity for visiting delegations to learn about Alaska’s Arctic.
    o Tours so far have been conducted in Nome, Fort Yukon and at ConocoPhillips’ Alpine
  • Outreach Materials – Developed from every Arctic event or activity taking place in Alaska during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, with key takeaways for Alaskans.
    o The Host Committee has produced publications related to International Cooperation, Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples, and Environmental Protection
  • Public Relations – Development of an archive of targeted messages and materials for delivery to the U.S. and across the circumpolar North.


Promoting the reality of, richness in and responsibility for Alaska’s Arctic during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Convened by Honorary Co-Chair Governor Bill Walker, State of Alaska

Ron Duncan, President & CEO, GCI

Presiding Officer
Brian Rogers, Chancellor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Public Members
Commissioner Larry Hartig, Department of Environmental Conservation
Commissioner Chris Hladick, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Commissioner Marc Luiken, Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
Sen. Lesil McGuire, Alaska State Legislature; Co-Chair, Alaska Arctic Policy Commission
Rep. Bob Herron, Alaska State Legislature, Co-Chair, Alaska Arctic Policy Commission
Sen. Donny Olson, Alaska State Legislature
Rep. Benjamin Nageak, Alaska State Legislature
Mayor Shirley Marquardt, City of Unalaska
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Muni. of Anchorage
Mayor Karl Kassel, Fairbanks North Star Bor.
Mayor Clement Richards, Sr., NW Arctic Bor.
Mayor Richard Beneville, City of Nome

Private Members
Admiral Tom Barrett, Alyeska Pipeline
Chancellor Tom Case, UAA
Larry Cotter, President & CEO, APICDA
Anthony Edwardsen, Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp.
Hajo Eicken, IARC, UAF
Stan Foo, Donlin Gold
Willie Goodwin, Alaska Marine Mammal Coal.
Andrew Guy, Calista Corporation
Cory Quarles, ExxonMobil
Eleanor Huffines, Pew Charitable Trusts
Scott Jepsen, ConocoPhillips Alaska
Reggie Joule, consultant
Thomas Mack, Aleut Corporation
Molly McCammon, AOOS
Mike Levine, Oceana
Crawford Patkotak, Chairman, ASRC
Drue Pearce, Crowell & Moring
Karen Perdue, former U.S. SDWG delegate
Evon Peter, UAF
Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines
Gail Schubert, Bering Straits Native Corporation
Veronica Slajer, North Star Group
Aaron Schutt, Doyon Regional Corporation
Mike Sfraga, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Whit Sheard, Circumpolar Conservation Union
Cam Toohey, Shell
Mead Treadwell, Pt Capital
Wayne Westlake, NANA Regional Corporation
Denise Michels, Kawerak, Inc.
Margaret Williams, World Wildlife Fund

Honorary Members
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski
U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan
U.S. Congressman Don Young
Edward and Elsie Itta
Willie and Abbe Hensley

Associational Members
Deantha Crockett, Alaska Mining Association
Nancy Hemsath, Alaska Humanities Forum
Lori Davey, Arctic Economic Council
Lise Falskow, Alaska World Affairs Council
Julie Decker, Anchorage Museum
Julie Kitka, Alaska Federation of Natives
Kara Moriarty, Alaska Oil and Gas Association
Curtis Thayer, State Chamber of Commerce
Kathie Wasserman, Alaska Municipal League
Marleanna Hall, Resource Development Council
Tyson Fick, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Sarah Leonard, Alaska Travel Industry Assoc.

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