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Hickel’s Institute of the North Announces Two New Fellows


The Institute of the North is pleased to announce the addition of two new Senior Fellows. Roberta Graham, formerly of Bernholz and Graham, Inc., and Mara Kimmel, a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, join a well-established Fellows program that provides research, program development and project implementation at the Institute.

As a research and advocacy nonprofit organization, the Institute of the North regards its Fellows Program as the bedrock upon which to build its programs and accomplish its mission. The program provides a wealth of knowledge, experience and historical background to the Institute of the North's work. Each Fellow is responsible for producing original research and/or commentary on Alaska and Arctic policy issues that reflect upon the Institute's mission. Fellows are distinguished members of the community and each brings a high level of expertise in one or more fields that together form an interdisciplinary team.

Kimmel and Graham join current Fellows Malcolm Roberts, Dr. Lawson Brigham, Mead Treadwell, Walt Parker, James Hemsath and Roger Pearson. Together, the Fellows work on issues ranging from Arctic energy to Alaska commons management, and include geography and mapping; transportation and infrastructure; Arctic marine shipping, aviation and telecommunications; security and defense; and key laws in Alaska.

"I have wanted to become a voice in shaping the debate about what our state should look like in the years ahead," said Graham, currently the CEO of GrahamGroup Strategies.  "I believe the Institute of the North is the organization that is doing some of the most critical work in Alaska. I look forward to using my international expertise in media, communications and public diplomacy to complement the work already underway at the Institute."

Graham also holds the appointment of Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy / Tufts University.  Graham most recently served with the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects in Washington, D.C. Prior to her tenure with the OFC, Ms. Graham was the CEO of the public relations and public policy firm of Bernholz & Graham, Inc. with offices in Anchorage, Alaska and New York City.

An attorney by training, Mara Kimmel is a founding member and Board president of the Alaska Immigration Justice Project as well as a Professor of Political Science at UAA. "I am particularly excited about the work of the Institute in the realm of commons management," said Kimmel.  "My research and real-world interests led me to an organization whose mission allows me to contribute to a meaningful dialogue about land ownership, resource management and governance in Alaska and around the world."

Kimmel's research areas include common property regimes, environmental security, and human development. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mara worked with Alaska Native tribes on environmental management issues. Mara holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, a master's degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

"The Institute's Fellows are critical to our ability to pursue projects that further our mission," said Managing Director Nils Andreassen. "We are excited to be able to begin growing this hugely influential part of our organization and look forward to continuing the development of the Fellows program. Graham and Kimmel make excellent additions given their specific areas of interest and knowledge."
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