Meet the Commissioners

The Denali Commission Act of 1998 establishes that the Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to create the proposed annual work plan for the Denali Commission. Many of these Commissioners additionally serve as part of the Commission’s Advisory Bodies. These Commissioners represent perspectives throughout Alaska and include the Governor of the State of Alaska; the Presidents of the University of Alaska, Alaska Municipal League, Alaska Federation of Natives, AFL-CIO Alaska, Associated General Contractors of Alaska; and the Federal Co-Chair of the Denali Commission.

John Torgerson
John Torgerson
Interim Federal Co-Chair, Denali Commission

Mr. John Torgerson serves as the Interim Federal Co-Chair for the Denali Commission and in that position acts as meeting chair during Commission meetings. Mr. Torgerson also serves as Chair of the Transportation Advisory Committee.

907-271-1414
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State Co-Chair

The State Co-Chair seat is currently vacant.

Alicia Siira
Alicia Siira
Executive Director, Associated General Contractors of Alaska

Ms. Alicia Siira serves as a Commissioner representing the Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

907-561-5354
Julie E. Kitka
Julie E. Kitka
President, Alaska Federation of Natives

Ms. Julie Kitka serves as a Commissioner representing the Alaska Federation of Natives.

907-274-3611
Nils Andreassen
Nils Andreassen
Executive Director, Alaska Municipal League

Mr. Nils Andreassen serves as a Commissioner representing the Alaska Municipal League.

907-586-1325
Dr. Jim Johnsen
Dr. Jim Johnsen
President, University of Alaska

Dr. Jim Johnsen serves as a Commissioner representing the University of Alaska.

907-450-8009
Vince Beltrami
Vince Beltrami
Executive President, Alaska AFL-CIO

Mr. Vince Beltrami serves as a Commissioner representing the Alaska AFL-CIO.

907-258-6284