Tiffany Zulkosky New Executive Director at Nuvista
ANCHORAGE, AK – Nuvista Light & Electric Cooperative, Inc. is pleased to announce Tiffany Zulkosky as the new executive director, who will be joining the company in December. Zulkosky grew up in Bethel and brings several years of high-level leadership experience, including her most recent position as the west area director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. She has also served as the rural director for U.S. Senator Mark Begich, the mayor of Bethel and was named as one of Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40 in 2012.
In her new role at Nuvista, Zulkosky will be working to bring affordable energy solutions to her home region. Nuvista is a nonprofit cooperative made up of business professionals and community leaders, and is guided by a Board of Directors. Its mission is to improve the energy economics in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region by creating energy generation and transmission infrastructure. Through this mission, Nuvista will serve, connect and enable the region to attain affordable, long-term energy sustainability and self-sufficiency.
“In rural Alaska the high cost of energy impacts nearly every facet of our lives, from the cost of living to our ability to subsist. I believe Nuvista is well-equipped to help address some of those challenges,” Zulkosky said. “I am honored to join the team and look forward to serving my home region in this new capacity.”
The Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Alaska is roughly 59,000 square miles and includes 56 remote communities. The region is home to some of the most intact cultures in Alaska, including Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Athabascan people. Many continue to practice a traditional, subsistence lifestyle.
The region also faces the highest energy costs in the nation, yet people have the lowest U.S. per capita income. Nuvista aims to drive down these costs and provide long-term energy solutions for the region. As part of these efforts, the organization is exploring a proposed hydroelectric project near Bethel. The Chikuminuk Lake Hydroelectric Project will reduce diesel use in the Calista region by 5 million gallons, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 55,000 tons and has the potential to provide power to more than a dozen communities in both the Calista and Bristol Bay regions.
For more information about Nuvista or the project visit www.nuvistacoop.org.