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Institute of the North Welcomes Three New Directors to Board


Anchorage, Alaska—The Institute of the North is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Directors – Matt Ganley, vice president of Resources and External Affairs at Bering Straits Native Corporation; Brad Keithley, partner and co-head of the Oil and Gas practice at Perkins Coie; and Karen Matthias, Alaska economic and political consultant at Matthias Consulting, as well as new officers.

“These new members bring a broad range of backgrounds and expertise to the table,” said newly elected Board Chair Drue Pearce, “Each will provide a unique perspective and understanding of key issues to the Board as we fulfill our mission” to inform public policy and cultivate an engaged citizenry, consistent with our focus on the north and our belief that commonly-owned resources should be developed and managed for individual and community prosperity.

Matt Ganley has worked for Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) and Bering Straits Foundation (BSF) since 1993.  He now serves as Vice President, Resources and External Affairs after working as Staff Anthropologist, Land Manager and Vice President of Land and Resources. Since 2003 Mr. Ganley has been working on regional issues related to land management, resource development, cultural preservation and external affairs affecting western Alaska.  He has been able to combine his educational, personal and employment experience with his knowledge of the Arctic and the issues facing the region.  He has been involved in a broad range of projects while working with tribes, Native Corporations, and federal and State agencies.

Brad Keithley is a partner and co-head of the Oil & Gas practice at Perkins Coie. Throughout his career, Mr. Keithley’s practice has been concentrated in the areas of oil & gas regulation, commercial transactions and litigation. His clients have included major oil & gas companies, oil & gas pipelines, large and medium independents, as well as major consumers of natural gas. During the last ten years, Brad’s practice has focused primarily on matters related to Alaska oil & gas, international and U.S. LNG issues, matters related to oil & gas exploration, and development and production on U.S. federal lands and waters. Mr. Keithley is a past co-chair of the Institute of Energy Law’s Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference and was a founding co-chair of their Annual Law of LNG Conference.
Karen Matthias is an Anchorage-based consultant who provides clients with strategic analysis of Alaska's economic and political landscapes, focusing on advocacy and business development efforts in the state. A Canadian diplomat for sixteen years, Ms. Matthias came to Anchorage in 2004 to open Canada's first consulate in Alaska. During her five years as the Canadian Consul, she worked with Alaskans to strengthen Canada-U.S. relations, specifically on Arctic issues, NORAD, border security, and responsible resource development. She traveled extensively in the state, connecting with government and elected officials, Alaskan Native leaders, businesspeople, academics, and journalists.  Ms. Matthias is active in a number of business and civic organizations, serving as a board member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, as Steering Committee Chair of the Anchorage Imagination Library, and as a member of the University of Alaska Anchorage Elizabeth Tower Endowment for Canadian Studies Committee.

The new board members join the newly elected executive committee – Drue Pearce (chair), Duane Heyman (vice chair), Randy Hagenstein (secretary), Peter Scott (treasurer), Ira Perman (at-large); and current members Admiral Thomas Barrett, Dr. Jack Hickel, Brit Szymoniak, and Dr. Michael Sfraga.   Emeritus members are John Hendrickson, Max Hodel, Gail Phillips, Steve Shropshire and Leif Selkregg.

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