Alaska Salmon Fellows


Salmon is a defining factor in the culture of Alaska; it’s something we all have in common. But salmon, Alaska’s third-largest industry, is also frequently a flashpoint of conflict over difficult issues such as racial justice, the urban-rural divide, and balancing sustainability against the needs of resource development.​

Alaska Humanities Forum, along with partner organizations, designed the Alaska Salmon Fellows program to facilitate demanding conversations about salmon issues among leaders from a cross-section of salmon policy, management, industry, activism, research, and cultural sectors.


George Martinez

Director of Leadership Programs
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Alaska Salmon Fellows serves as a:

  • Pathway for new and stronger connections across the diverse sectors that have a key stake in the future of Alaska’s salmon; and to rich personal development as an innovative leader.
  • Network to share lessons and deepen understanding of differing perspectives among the Fellows, sparking new relationships and through them, other stakeholders.
  • System of Influence with other Fellows, advancing tangible opportunities to inspire innovative, systemic changes which address key issues and challenges for Alaska's salmon/people system.​

The initial program ran from 2017-2020, engaging two cohorts of 16 fellows each for 18 months. The program was funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Emily Brockman
Youth Program Manager
Shoshi Bieler
Youth Program Coordinator
Megan Cacciola
Vice President of Programs
Amanda Dale
Director of Cross-Cultural Programs
Kim Fasbender
Operations Coordinator
Kelly Forster
Education Program Manager
Olivia Garrett
Youth Program Manager
Helen John
Youth Program Coordinator
Kari Lovett
Director of Operations
Emily Lucy
Youth Program Coordinator
George Martinez
Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement
Rachael Mc Pherson
Vice President of Development
Kameron Perez-Verdia
President & CEO
Aud Pleas
Workshop Coordinator
Chuck Seaca
Director of Leadership Programs
Alejandro Soto
Youth Program Associate
Taylor Strelevitz
Director of Conversation Programs
Molissa Udevitz
Youth Program Designer
Cheryl Williams
Leadership Programs Coordinator
Oliviah Franke
Conversation Programs Coordinator
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