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New President/CEO for First Alaskans


The First Alaskans Institute’s Board of Trustees announced that Denise R. Morris has accepted the position of FAI President and CEO.

Morris (Aleut) is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Native Justice Center, Inc., a position she has held since 1999.  She has broad management experience from securing and managing federal/state/foundation grants to strategic planning and implementation, and brings with her a statewide network of contacts.

She is a tribal member of the Aleut Community of Saint Paul Village and a shareholder in both Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and the Aleut Corporation.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and during her career has coordinated a number of statewide conferences aimed at supporting and enhancing tribal justice systems and improving the systemic response to prevent violence against Alaska Native women.  She has also coordinated statewide media campaigns aimed at prevention and education.

Morris serves on a number of community, statewide and national boards and currently serves on the Tribal Victim Assistance and Children’s Justice Act Advisory Boards.  She is a former congressional appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice, Title IX Task Force, Preventing Violence Against Indian and Alaska Native Women.

“First Alaskans Institute is fortunate to have an individual of Denise’s caliber as our next President and CEO,” said Board Vice Chair Sam Kito, Jr.  “The organization has tremendous opportunities ahead in which we feel Denise will be a great fit.”

Morris is equally excited to be named the President and CEO and noted, “It is truly an honor and a privilege to be selected to serve as the next President/CEO and to continue to advance and promote the critical mission of the First Alaskans Institute. “

First Alaskans Institute is a statewide Alaska Native 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to advance Alaska Natives Peoples and communities through community engagement, information and research, collaboration, and leadership development. For more information, visit www.firstalaskans.org.

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