Liza Mack and Paul Fuhs
Liza Mack is the Executive Director of Aleut International Association. She is Aleut, born and raised in the Aleutians and has over 20 years experience working in and around Native organizations and communities. She is a PhD Candidate in the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Her dissertation research focuses on natural resource management, knowledge transfer and engagement of Native communities in the regulatory process.
She has an A.A. in Liberal Arts from UAS Sitka, a B.A. and M.S. in Anthropology from Idaho State University. She has taught Native Cultures of Alaska and Intro to Unangam Tunuu as an adjunct instructor at UAF. She is familiar with the local, regional, state, federal and international board processes that take place in Alaska and the Circumpolar North. She values the importance of engaging Native people in these settings.
Paul Fuhs is the former Mayor of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, number #1 fishing port in the US. During his time in the Aleutian Islands, he was owner of the company Aleutian Explosives and a commercial diver specializing in port construction, emergency response and the use of explosives underwater.
In the 1990’s he also served as Alaska’s Commissioner of Commerce and International Trade for Governor of Alaska Wally Hickel. He is currently President Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Marine Exchange of Alaska which provides vessel tracking and emergency response services for the Coast of Alaska, and also works as a maritime consultant specializing in Arctic port development, emergency response, and Northern Sea Route development.
He serves on the Arctic Economic Council Arctic Marine Transportation Working Group and the Arctic Infrastructure Investment Working Group.