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Launch Alaska Welcome Penny Gage as Managing Director

Aug 26, 2021 | Education, Right Moves

Right Moves - Penny Gage

Penny Gage is now Managing Director at Launch Alaska, heading up the organization’s flagship Tech Deployment Track (TDT) program to help companies from across the world focused in food, water, energy, and transportation deploy their technologies in Alaska.

Gage grew up in Pelican and Sitka and has family across the state. She brings a diverse background in economic development, entrepreneur support and training, federal and state government, the nonprofit sector, energy policy, and international affairs. From her mother’s side, Gage is Tlingit from the Raven Dog Salmon clan and is a member of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Her Tlingit name is Xʼwaséeya.

Gage has previously worked at McKinley Alaska Private Investment, the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, as Director of Special Projects at Alaska Growth Capital, as Business Development Officer at the State of Alaska Division of Economic Development, and as Deputy Director at Institute of the North. Prior to moving back to Alaska in late 2014, Gage worked in Equinor’s Washington, DC office.

Gage has a bachelor’s from UAF and a master’s in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Fluent in Spanish, she served in the US Peace Corps in Nicaragua for two years. Gage is a 2019 recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s Top Forty Under 40 Award. She is on the board of the Anchorage Museum and is Chair of one of Sealaska Corporation’s three Shareholder Participation Committees. Gage and her husband live in Anchorage, and she enjoys studying the Tlingit language and cycling and is an avid podcast listener.

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