The Aleut International Association (AIA) is an Alaska Native not-for-profit corporation, registered in the State of Alaska, United States of America, in 1998. AIA was formed by the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association, U.S., one of the thirteen regional not-for-profit Alaska Native corporations created as a result of Alaska Native Settlement Claims Act in 1971, and the Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the North of the Aleut District of the Kamchatka Region of the Russian Federation (AIPNADKR). AIA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of four Alaskan and four Russian Aleuts under the leadership of a president. Website.
Jenifer Nelson was appointed to the Arctic Economic Council to represent the Aleut International Association and serves as the Vice Chair of the Aleut Corporation Board of Directors. She is also the Senior Manager of Community Relations at General Communication Inc (GCI). She is passionate about improving the lives of people living in Arctic Alaska and works to build strong relationships with Alaskans across the state, especially in rural communities. In her role, she is responsible for developing GCI’s strategies and programs in rural communities and ensuring customers have a voice. She is a leading member of GCI’s Rural Affairs Committee and GCI’s Arctic working group where she champions projects that improve services in sparsely populated areas. Jenifer’s valuable insight into Alaska Native culture has earned her positions on a number of boards and committees including the Arctic Council’s Task Force on Telecommunications in the Arctic (TFTIA) under the US chairmanship. She is currently part of the Task Force to Improve Connectivity in the Arctic (TFICA) under the Finnish chairmanship.
Mr. McCowan is the President & CEO of St. George Tanaq Corporation, the village corporation formed for the Unangax people of St. George Island pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. He oversees both the business interests of Tanaq on-island (tourism & hospitality, bulk fuel distribution, land development, reindeer management) and off-island activities, primarily in U.S. federal government contracting (engineering, environmental services, base operations support, and design and publications). In addition, he serves on numerous boards and committees, including as chair of Alaska Native Village Corporations Association, which represents all 176 village corporations in Alaska, and he coaches youth sports teams for his two beautiful children. Mr. McCowan has earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska and a master’s degree from Harvard University. He also does not wear a watch.
Mr. Mack was raised in King Cove, located on the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, and is an original shareholder of both The Aleut Corporation and King Cove Corporation. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Alaska Pacific University, a Master’s of Science degree from Western Oregon University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Mr. Mack also completed numerous executive leadership programs at Stanford University, the University of Chicago Booth and Harvard University.
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