Coastal Villages Region Fund Announces New Hire and Promotion
Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) announced the promotion of Nathaniel Betz to Director of Community Programs and the hiring of Oscar Evon as Director of Regional Affairs.
In his new role, Betz is responsible for managing operations and budget for economic development programming in the 20 Western Alaska villages that CVRF serves. This includes leading efforts in project management, employee coaching, data analysis and facility management. The role formalizes many responsibilities Betz has tended to throughout his nearly six years with CVRF. During his time, Betz has supported multiple programs that help to provide opportunities and enrich the lives of CVRF’s residents including Youth to Work and the Heating Oil program. Betz continues to serve as a key leader as CVRF reaches to develop thriving local economies in Western Alaska that create opportunities for current and future generations.
In his role, Evon leads the charge in establishing and maximizing communication between the residents, local governing bodies of CVRF’s 20 communities and the company’s Executive team, staff, and Board of Directors. Born and raised in Kwigillingok, Evon has a deep understanding of the unique challenges in rural Alaska, which will help him meet the needs of CVRF’s residents. Evon is familiar with CVRF and its vision to develop thriving local economies that create opportunities for current and future generations. He served as a board member from 2000-2009, eventually becoming Board President. He also acted as CVRF’s Director of Programs. Evon’s previous roles include Tribal Administrator and COVID-19 coordinator for the Native Village of Kwigillingok, office manager for Alaska Moravian Bible Seminary and Community Outreach Coordinator for E3 Alaska.
In This Issue
Meeting in the Middle
In January, when the Biden administration announced its ban on the future sale of oil and gas leases on federal land, the news understandably ruffled the collective feathers of Alaska’s oil and gas industry.