A New Cohort of Local Leaders: Announcing LA21!

November 7, 2017


The Alaska Humanities Forum is pleased to announce the 21st cohort of Leadership Anchorage.


This program, entering its second decade, cultivates local leaders to tackle complex issues within our community and state.  Equity, critical thinking, and collaboration are emphasized in monthly sessions that kicked off this past weekend and will run through May, 2018.


This year’s cohort of 19 emerging and established leaders represent private, public, non-profit, and military sectors – this mix is an intentional component of the program as participants learn and build skills through group experiences, mentorships, and personal reflection.  They also partner with community champions to develop “real time” group projects that tackle current issues and needs across Anchorage.


Leadership Anchorage started 20 years ago as one of ten city programs by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change.  It has continued through a generous investment from local supporters, including Alaska Airlines, Alyeska Pipeline, Atwood Foundation, BP, TOTE Maritime, and individual donors, many who are members of a tight network of nearly 350 alumni. 


Welcome, LA21!


Leadership Anchorage 21:

Jerrad Anderson
HR Management Trainee – Bristol Bay Native Corporation

Victoria Baldwin
United States Airforce


Shawn Bernard
Assistant Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Special Education – Anchorage School District

Joy Britt
Program Manager / Environmental Health Consultant - Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Reth Duir
Education Program Assistant – Alaska Geographic

Cheryl Eluska
Executive Assistant - Mikunda Cottrell Accounting and Consulting


Lincoln Garrick
President – Up All Night Consulting

Nora Gecan
Graphic Designer – The Tooth Companies


Andrea Graham
Accounting Manager - Gladiators for Humanity; Graham Commercial Real Estate Consultants, Inc.


Sara Haley
Operations Manager, FedEx Express

Gail Jackson

Probation Officer II – State of Alaska

Laci Michaud

Communications and Marketing Specialist – Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center

Dora Moore

Program Associate – Alaska Humanities Forum

Freddie Olin

Special Projects Coordinator - Gana-A'Yoo

Marissa Palmer

Quality Systems Technical Writer and Project Coordinator – Blood Bank of Alaska

Diego Perez

SOC - Peninsula Airways


Sarah Preskitt

Adult Services Librarian – Anchorage Public Library

Rosa Salazar

Constituent Liaison – Municipality of Anchorage

Joe Sonnier

Employee Education Specialist – Hope Community Resources, Inc.


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