A New Cohort of Local Leaders: Announcing LA21!


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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