Leadership Anchorage


Founded in 1997, Leadership Anchorage (LA) is the premier leadership development program for established and emerging Alaskans seeking to expand their impact in the community.

LA is designed to develop the skills, knowledge, perspective, and networks needed to be an effective and compassionate changemaker for our city, and our state. Each year, a diverse cohort of leaders is selected to participate in this 9-month program consisting of monthly Saturday sessions, enhanced by group projects, individual mentorships, readings, resources, and guest speakers from the community.


Chuck Seaca

Director of Leadership Programs
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Why LA?

Transform Your Leadership
LA participants practice and strengthen essential 21st-century leadership competencies including facilitation, coaching, collaboration, and team-building.

Through assessments and interactive activities, you will develop an understanding of how you show up in the world and tap into your vision, mission, and purpose.

Amplify and Diversify Your Networks
LA is a unique opportunity to become a part of a powerful community of diverse leaders from a wide range of industries, backgrounds, ages, and experiences.

Throughout the program, participants are introduced to new organizations, individuals, venues, and connection points across the city. You will build close, supportive relationships within your cohort and across our powerful network of over 400 LA alumni and mentors.

Activate Ideas Into Action
If you aspire to make a real difference in your community or organization, your LA Community Project provides the perfect opportunity to step boldly into that vision as you tackle real, immediate needs within the Anchorage community.

Apply To Leadership Anchorage

Each year, a diverse cohort of up to 20 is selected to participate in the program with sessions starting in September. Get details about the program and apply.

Leadership Anchorage Alumni

LA has over 400 alumni across Anchorage, and Alaska. An Alumni Advisory Board hosts a range of activities and events for networking and continued learning.

Community Projects

A core element of the LA experience is the team projects that connect participants with partner organizations to address real, immediate community needs.

Katie Apatiki
Special Project Coordinator at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Esbei Arurang
Education & Training Program Manager at Alaska Air National Guard
Mawuor Dior
Program Coordinator at Alaska State Troopers
Tanisha Gleason
Shareholder Communications Supervisor at CIRI
Kate Henry
Founder of EQuotientMind & Massage Therapist
Maxine Laberge
Legislative Aide at Alaska State Senate
Danielle Aliiraq Larsgaard
Owner of Aliiraq Arts and Resource Basket Supervisor at RurAL CAP
Lillian Maassen
Editor at the Alaska Native Language Center
Elizabeth Nicolai
Assistant Director at Anchorage Public Library
Christina Ranken
Director of Rooms at Anchorage Marriott Downtown
Cyndi Reeves
Gui Kima Project Coordinator at Anchorage School District
Rachel Ries
Founder/CEO at Campbell Creek Group
Helena Sarcone
Lead Organizer of Spenard 2nd Saturday & Owner of Sarcone Consulting
Jenny-Marie Stryker
Political Director at The Alaska Center
Lorna-lei Sua'ava
Prevention Fellow with Washington State University and Alaska Department of Behavioral Health
Monica Terrones Vargas
Events Manager at Rasmuson Foundation
Molissa Udevitz
Youth Program Designer at the Alaska Humanities Forum
Sarah Weideman
HR Manager at the Dimond Center

Thank you to LA 27 Mentors for investing in our Cohort! Mentors are community members who volunteer their time to meet with LA participants and serve as a trusted partner for advice, guidance, and inspiration. Mentors can be anyone in the community and are selected by the participants themselves - with recommendations and support from Leadership Anchorage - and participants take on the initiative to reach out and establish a relationship.   


Amanda Dale, Director of Cross-Cultural Programs at the Alaska Humanities Forum

Angela Cox, Chair, Board of Directors at Ilisagvik College Foundation

Catkin Kilcher Burton, retired Colonel at US Marine Corps

Carissa Gilliam, General Manager at Hilton Anchorage Downtown

Cordelia Qiġñaaq Kellie, Special Assistant for Rural Affairs at Senator Murkowski’s Office

Gloria O’Neill, President and CEO at Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Grace Gallagher, LA Alumni Board Chair and Governance Coordinator at UAA

Janelle Vanasse, President at Alaska Pacific University

Jason Brune, Board of Trustees at Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

Jen Motyka, Chief Innovation Officer at Alaska Premier Auctions and Appraisals

Kevin Worrell, Host and Producer at Parlor in the Round

Lisa Aquino, CEO at Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center

Lisa Noland, Director at Alaska Women’s Business Center

Mark Begich, President and CEO, Northern Compass Group

Paul Barendregt, retired Chief Master Sergeant and Pararescueman at Alaska Air National Guard

Susanne Fleek-Green, Superintendent at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Yaso Thiru, Professor of Accounting and Management at Alaska Pacific University

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