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Museum Deepens Commitment to Serving Northern Communities by Furthering Study of Arctic Issues

Mara Kimmel joins museum as deputy director of strategy, research and scholarship


Mara Kimmel

Credit: Anchorage Museum

ANCHORAGE, AK—Mara Kimmel recently joined the Anchorage Museum as deputy director of strategy, research and scholarship where she will develop strategic partnerships; Arctic science and social science research and fellowship programs; and programs around equity, resilience and diversity.


Museums have social impact

As the museum examines its role in affecting positive social change, it continually works to understand and further how a museum can improve lives in its community and encourage dialogue. These are important questions made even more urgent given the realities of life and change in the North. Arctic research and scholarship helps the Anchorage Museum plan and deliver its programming in alignment with the specific needs of this distinct region.

Kimmel’s professional experience spans academic, legal, and non-profit sectors. She holds a doctorate in environmental sciences and policy, a law degree, master’s degree in natural resources management, and a bachelor’s degree in political science. “Mara Kimmel brings to the Museum a passion for education, experience with the Arctic, and a commitment to serving all communities,” says Anchorage Museum Director and CEO Julie Decker. “We are thrilled that she is joining the museum team to find opportunities with universities, organizations and global communities to strengthen scholarship, research opportunities and connections to Alaska and the world.” 


Experience includes scholarship, diversity, social issues

Kimmel has taught political science at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), law at Seattle University School of Law, worked on the Justice for All project with the Alaska Court System, was a professor of strategic planning and entrepreneurship at Alaska Pacific University, and is a visiting scholar with the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She has worked with the Anchorage School District on the Alaska Network for Understanding US History and has developed and taught continuing education courses on the US Constitution to K-12 teachers.

She co-founded the Alaska Institute for Justice and has been an immigration and refugee attorney for Catholic Social Services. Kimmel also co-founded the Alaska Sea Otter Commission and has worked on issues around resilience, climate, Arctic, tribal governance, immigration and welcoming cities.


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