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Foundation Welcomes Intern, Fellow


Anchorage - June 11, 2010 - Rasmuson Foundation welcomes a communications intern and grants fellow to its staff.

Sharity Sommer has returned to Rasmuson Foundation where she will complete a year-long communications internship. The 2009 University of Alaska Anchorage graduate worked at the Foundation during the summer of 2009 through the First Alaskans Internship Program. Over the winter, she travelled to Kenya for volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity.

Angela Cox has rejoined the Foundation staff in a six-month, part time fellowship made possible through a special arrangement with Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, where she is the director of foundation and endowment development. She will be assisting Rasmuson Foundation in its ongoing small grants program. Cox worked as a communication intern with the Foundation from 2004 to 2005.

Sommer grew up in Fairbanks and spent many summers in Galena. She earned a bachelor of arts in international studies, with a minor in psychology. She helped organize the Inuit Circumpolar Council Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change that took place in Anchorage from April 20-24, 2009.

Cox grew up in Barrow and, in her role as the director of foundation and endowment development with ASRC, provides strategic organizational and resource development for the Arctic Education Foundation  and the newly forming Arctic Slope Community Foundation. She was previously a research consultant with the Ford Foundation in the Arts and Culture department. Cox received her bachelor's degree from Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow School of Communication and in the fall of 2007, completed her master of public administration at New York University's Graduate School of Public Service.  She is active on several boards including the Alaska Community Foundation, the Autaaqtuq Fund, and the Foraker Operations Board.  Her volunteer interests include the Kiita Community Learning Center and tutoring students through the Indian Education program at Begich Middle School of Anchorage.

About the Foundation
The Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband "E.A." Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.

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