Anchorage, Alaska—The Institute of the North welcomes Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor Reggie Joule to the Board of Directors.
“Mayor Joule brings a wealth of Arctic experience and perspective to the Institute of the North’s board,” said Executive Director Nils Andreassen. “Reggie has been a long-time friend of the Institute and is a distinguished Alaska leader—we welcome this opportunity to add his voice to the great work we’re doing,” added Drue Pearce, board chair.
Mayor Reggie Joule was elected to serve as Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor in 2012. Immediately prior, Joule served eight terms in the Alaska State House of Representatives. While in the Alaska legislature, he chaired the Northern Waters Task Force, which led to the creation of the Arctic Policy Commission. He also served on the Alaska Climate Impact Assessment Commission, the Education Funding District Cost Factor Commission and the Fiscal Policy Finance Subcommittee. Joule has lived in Kotzebue since 1958. He worked at a variety of jobs and was employed by various agencies including the Kotzebue City Council, NANA, the Northwest Arctic School Board, Alaska Technical Center, Kotzebue IRA and Tikigaq Corporation.
Mayor Joule joins current directors – Drue Pearce (chair), Duane Heyman (vice chair), Randy Hagenstein (secretary), Peter Scott (treasurer), Ira Perman (at-large), Admiral Thomas Barrett, Matt Ganley, Dr. Jack Hickel, Brad Keithley, Karen Matthias, Dr. Michael Sfraga, Brit Szymoniak (Lead:North liaison), and LCDR Richard Walsh (US DOD liaison).
About the Institute of the North
The Institute of the North’s mission is to inform public policy and cultivate an engaged citizenry consistent with our focus on the North and our belief that commonly-owned resources should be developed and managed for individual and community prosperity. The Institute of the North is both forward-thinking and global in its approach to the challenges and opportunities stemming from Alaska’s strategic location. The Institute of the North develops initiatives that cross sectors and the circumpolar North to empower northern peoples by increasing knowledge of northern issues, at a local, national and global level and strengthening Alaskans’ voices in northern decision-making.