Dunleavy Announces Additional Cabinet, Staff Appointees
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Governor-elect Dunleavy checks his calendar.
ANCHORAGE—Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy announced the appointment of new cabinet and staff members.
“The status quo came to a screeching halt with the last election,” said Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy. “I promised to bring real change to state government, and these appointments will advance my agenda of reducing its size by focusing on results. These nominees bring real-world experience, new energy, and diverse perspectives that will help us deliver state services in innovative ways.”
Jonathan Quick, Commissioner of Administration: Jonathan currently serves as the chief of staff to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce. One of Quick’s signature achievements at the borough was reducing a $5 million deficit down to $400,000 simply by finding efficiencies. Quick also spearheaded a business incentive program designed to attract investment to the Peninsula. Currently, Quick manages a team of 350, manages an annual budget of $140 million, and oversees 13 directors. Quick has also found success as an entrepreneur, launching and selling multiple successful businesses, an experience that provided him with expertise in organizational structures, team-building, and hard work. Quick holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwest University.
Adam Crum, Commissioner of Health and Social Services: Adam Crum is currently the executive vice president for Northern Industrial Training (NIT), LLC. In his career, Crum has managed large teams and multi-million dollar budgets for projects all over Alaska. Crum’s strengths are strategic planning, and organizational development that helps groups realize efficiencies and refocus on mission-driven services. Crum sits on the Mat-Su Salvation Army Advisory Board, and participates in civic organizations that raise awareness, funds, and address issues like homelessness, opioid abuse, and sex trafficking. Crum holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. Crum is highly regarded for his ability to establish and lead high-performing teams.
Donna Arduin, Director of Office of Management and Budget: Donna Arduin is the president of Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, LLC. Donna is a budget fixer, and has a proven track record of digging in to complex fiscal systems and making effective recommendations for large-scale change. Most recently, Arduin performed similar work for Florida Speaker Marco Rubio, gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman (CA), and Rick Scott (FL), and Governor Bruce Rauner (IL). Arduin famously helped then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush cut taxes and build a surplus, despite a struggling state economy. While working for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, he referred to her as his “resident genius” and compared her work habits to those of a “machine”. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and public policy from Duke University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Leadership Program.
Jason Brune: Commissioner of Environmental Conservation: Jason Brune most recently worked for Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) as the senior director of land and resources. In this role, Brune oversaw and participated in the development and administration of CIRI’s 1.6 million acres of subsurface resources, including oil, gas, minerals, sand and gravel, and coal. He supervised the team’s staff, environmental contractors, stakeholder management, and legal review while building relationships with CIRI’s villages. In his role at CIRI, Brune also worked to identify priorities for addressing ANCSA contaminated lands. Prior to working at CIRI, Brune worked for Anglo American as the company’s public affairs and government relations manager. Brune also worked as the executive director for the Resource Development Council (RDC). Brune has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Carleton College, and his graduate work was in environmental science at Alaska Pacific University. He has served on the Alaska Sealife Center Board, Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Endangered Species Act (ESA) Recovery Team, Tyonek Tribal Conservation District Board, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee, and numerous other business and civic organizations.
“Today’s appointees are among the best and brightest in their fields,” said Governor-elect Dunleavy. “Their passion for results combined with the institutional knowledge found within state government will bring a bold, fresh approach to managing their respective departments. Alaska is at a crossroads, and it is past time to start doing things differently if we want different results. I am excited to witness how these dynamic new leaders innovate and reshape these departments with renewed focus on customer service and improved outcomes, whether that be reforming Medicaid, negotiating labor contracts, reducing state spending, or maintaining a healthy balance between resource development and environmental protection.”