Calista Corporation Welcomes Kristi Williams as Government Relations Manager
Kristi Williams joined Calista Corporation as the Government Relations Manager this summer. Prior to her employment with Calista, Williams owned a consulting firm in Anchorage that specialized in Alaska Native tribal advocacy.
Williams was born in Fairbanks and is of Athabascan descent. In 2012, she became a member of the District of Columbia Bar, becoming the first licensed attorney for her tribe. Having served as legislative and policy advisor in the US Senate and at the Department of Interior, she is well informed on Alaska Native and American Indian issues. She has expertise in land planning, government-to-government consultation, small business and economic development issues, strategic planning, negotiations, and legislative and appropriations advocacy.
Williams completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley and received a JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law where she also completed the Indian Law Certificate Program.
In This Issue
The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.