Calista Corporation Welcomes Shareholder Hires
George Owletuck, government relations liaison for Calista Corporation
Photo Courtesy of Calista Corporation
(Anchorage, Alaska) – Calista Corporation proudly welcomes Shareholders George Owletuck and Kirsten Kinegak-Friday to the team of employees. Both have impressive resumes and bring several years of experience to the corporation.
Owletuck is the government relations liaison and is responsible for coordinating, developing and conducting activities relating to federal, state and local government relations. He brings leadership experience and several years of working in government relations. Owletuck served in the U.S. Air Force and has previously worked for the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. He is a former University of Alaska Fairbanks professor and has held numerous leadership positions in the areas of fisheries, the environment and natural resources.
Kinegak-Friday is associate general counsel at Calista. She is a graduate of Stanford University and University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Her main legal focus has been on Alaska Native Corporations and Alaska Native issues. She is a former Calista intern and Calista Heritage Foundation scholarship recipient.
As part of its mission as an Alaska Native Corporation, Calista is committed to increasing Shareholder benefits and economic opportunities. One of the ways Calista does this is by providing jobs for Shareholders and Descendants. The corporation currently has a Shareholder hire rate of 55 percent at its corporate headquarters in Anchorage, and additional three percent of the employees are Alaska Natives who are Shareholders and Descendants of other Alaska Native Corporations.
In June, Calista welcomed Shareholder Monica James as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Vice President (EVP). James joins the Calista executive team after serving several years as the president of Yulista Holding, LLC, Calista’s largest holding company.
The second largest of the original 13 Alaska Native Corporations, Calista Corporation was established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and represents more than 12,000 Shareholders. The Calista region encompasses more than 6.5 million acres and includes 56 villages, which are incorporated into 46 individual village corporations. Since 1994, Calista has provided more than $3.5 million in scholarships and since inception more than $27.6 million in dividends and Elders’ Benefit Program distributions to its Shareholders and Descendants.