Iñuit Arctic Business Alliance Announces Executive Director
Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle named to position
The Iñuit Arctic Business Alliance (IABA) is pleased to announce Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle as its executive director. Alvanna-Stimpfle currently serves as Chief of the King Island Traditional Council. She was recently selected by the Alaska Federation of Natives board of directors to deliver the AFN keynote address with Emil Notti on the first day of the three-day meeting taking place Oct. 20-22, 2016 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Alvanna-Stimpfle formerly served as a legislative assistant for Senator Lisa Murkowski in Washington D.C. and was responsible for policies addressing infrastructure and sanitation, housing, health delivery, public safety and justice, land management as well as fish and wildlife management for Alaska Native and rural Alaskans. She assisted in organizing the Arctic Imperative Summit in 2011 and 2012 to bring Arctic and coastal Alaskan issues to the forefront of American policy.
After over a decade in Washington D.C., she most recently lived in Nome, Alaska, working as a quota and acquisitions analyst for Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, learning the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council process. She also led an effort on behalf of Kawerak Inc. and Norton Sound Health Corporation to reform the water and sewer regulatory structure within Alaska to streamline the delivery of sanitation infrastructure investment in Alaska.
Alvanna-Stimpfle was born and raised in Nome and is of King Island Iñupiaq heritage. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from George Mason University.
IABA’s mission is to provide a unified voice, collective vision, guidelines, and venue for doing business in the Arctic. IABA’s goals are to ensure that the ASRC, BSNC, and NANA regions directly benefit from activity and operations in the Arctic. IABA will provide the Alaska Iñuit a voice, with respect to transportation, infrastructure, energy and all facets of sustainable economic development and cultural stewardship.
The three corporate members of IABA were established as part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971. Their combined land base and traditional territories span coastal Alaska and neighboring uplands from the Yukon River Delta to the Canadian border. Together, they own a total of 9.3 million acres of Arctic surface and subsurface estate and represent more than 31,900 shareholders.