While in her early twenties, Gloria O’Neill began working at CITC where she was drawn to the organization's purpose and mission. Her experience in the first cohort of LA supplied the confidence and support needed to find her voice in her forthcoming role as CEO and in her career as an unrelenting servant leader. Learn More
Jason Metrokin was born and raised in Anchorage. As a beneficiary of his late grandfather's shares in BBNC, Jason is a Bristol Bay descendant and is the first non-original shareholder of an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) regional corporation to become President and CEO. Learn More
Now retired and living in Homer, Janie Leask is a servant-leader whose career includes roles within a number of statewide organizations. Born to a Haida Tshminshian father and an Irish German mother, Janie grew up in Metlakatla but always had a foot in both worlds. Learn More
Since 1997, almost 400 alumni have graduated from Leadership Anchorage, and now serve as leaders at all levels and in every sector of the state. Alumni benefit from the strong connections they form during the program and the access they have to the broad network of distinguished alumni all across Alaska.
Alumni remain connected and engaged through a series of learning and social events, hosted by the LA Alumni Advisory Board and the Forum.
LA Alumni Advisory Board:
Marilyn Alvarenga - Chair
Kris Palmatier - Vice Chair
Dimitrios Alexiadis– Member
Joshua Franks - Member
Grace Gallagher - Member
Leo Medal – Member
Marissa Palmer - Member
Diëgo Perez - Member
Ximena Williams-Oliveras - Member
In 2019, in partnership with the Leadership Anchorage Alumni Advisory Board, the Forum gave out the very first Leadership Anchorage Alumni Award to honor an alumna/alumnus who has made significant contributions, within their chosen profession and/or volunteer activities, that have impacted their community, or the public at large; whose work supports connecting Alaskans and strengthening communities; and who has shown a commitment to ethical, compassionate leadership.
The Alaska Humanities Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that designs and facilitates experiences to bridge distance and difference – programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across our vast state, and explores what it means to be Alaskan.
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