Most of the Arctic, like most of the world, is commonly owned. With ownership comes the obligation to manage our resources for the benefit of the total. To do that, we must understand the reality, the richness, and the responsibility of the North.

– Governor Walter J. Hickel, Founder

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Institute of the North is governed by a highly committed Board of Directors. In addition to fiscal and strategic oversight, board members represent and demonstrate a diversity of opinion in articulating a vision for Alaska and the North that bridges and balances development, conservation and indigenous perspectives.

Executive Committee


Drue Pearce


ADM Thomas Barrett

Randall Hagenstein

Vice Chair

Matt Ganley

Brit Szymoniak


Teresa Imm

Mike Sfraga
Jon Isaacs
Ira Perman

Mayor Reggie Joule


Bradford Keithley


Peter Scott



Walter J. Hickel


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