The Board of Directors for Aleut International Association is happy to announce that Liza Mack from King Cove will serve as the Executive Director for AIA. Following is a brief introduction to Liza and the work she has done as the Interim Executive Director since July 2017.
Liza Mack is Aleut, born and raised in the Aleutians and has over 20 years experience working in and around Native organizations and communities. She is a PhD Candidate in the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Her dissertation research focuses on natural resource management, knowledge transfer and engagement of Native communities in the regulatory process. She has an A.A. in Liberal Arts from UAS Sitka, a B.A. and M.S. in Anthropology from Idaho State University. She has taught Native Cultures of Alaska and Intro to Unangam Tunuu as an adjunct instructor at UAF. She is familiar with the local, regional, state, federal and international board processes that take place in Alaska and the Circumpolar North. She values the importance of engaging Native people in these settings.
During the past year as the interim director, Liza helped complete several multi-year projects and has secured funding of the expansion of CONAS project bringing on new partners. She is the Head of Delegation to the Senior Arctic Officials, and the Sustainable Development Working Group. She is also the Chair of the Indigenous People’s Contaminant Action Program and the Álgu Fund. She has attended meetings with partner organizations such as the Korea Maritime Institute and the University of Washington. She has done well in getting local involvement and interest in Aleut International and our work at the Arctic Council. She is currently traveling in the Aleutians meeting with community members about our upcoming projects and the work of AIA. Please join us in welcoming Liza as a permanent member of the Aleut International Team.