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Rasmuson Foundation Welcomes New Staff


Emily Bass has returned to Rasmuson Foundation as a program assistant. Bass interned with the Foundation in 2011 – 2012 and now joins the staff to focus on Recover Alaska, a statewide collaboration to reduce the negative impacts of alcohol. Bass brings 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including grant writing and development work for Alaska nonprofits. Earlier in her career, Bass started an adaptive ski school and worked to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and train adaptive instructors across the country. She has been the ski school director at Challenge Alaska and now serves on their board. Bass holds a master’s degree in social work from UAA with a focus on policy and positive community change.

Emily Bokar has joined Rasmuson Foundation as a communications associate. Bokar brings a unique background in online messaging and technology to her role in advancing communications and events at the Foundation. Bokar worked for President Barack Obama for five years, first as his senior scheduler in the U.S. Senate. She was an early member of the President’s web team during his first presidential election and returned to Washington to join his transition team and work on technology initiatives for the new administration. Bokar has a degree in public policy and social change with a concentration in technology from Bentley University.

Claudia Maria-Mateo has joined the staff as an administrative assistant overseeing front desk operations. Maria-Mateo most recently worked for the United States Air Force and served as a program manager and board member for a nonprofit organization that assisted military members and their families. Maria-Mateo has a degree in organizational management with a concentration in security from the University of Phoenix.

Rasmuson Foundation also welcomes Ron Wilmot, a program intern, as he pursues a master’s degree in social work at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Wilmot works at North Star Behavioral Hospital as a direct-care staff with emotionally troubled teens and plans to work in clinical therapy. He will gain insight on how the nonprofit sector provides services from the funder perspective as he assists with Tier 1 grantmaking and program initiatives. Wilmot worked as a journalist for the Anchorage Daily News and Juneau Empire. He holds a B.S. in psychology from the University of Oregon and is a life-long Alaskan.

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

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