Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC)
Gail is a shareholder of and President & CEO of Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC), an Alaska Native regional corporation serving seventeen villages in the Bering Straits region. She is InupiaqEskimo and was born and raised in Unalakleet, Alaska. Gail serves as Chair of the State of Alaska’s Retirement Management Board, Vice Chair of the ANCSA Regional CEOs association, Treasurer of the Alaska Federation of Natives, Vice Chair of Akeela Treatment Services, and Vice Chair of the Native American Contractors Association. She is also a member of the Arctic Economic Council, an independent organization that facilitates Arctic business-to-business activities and responsible economic development. Prior to joining BSNC in 2003, Gail practiced law in Anchorage for more than a decade after starting her career on Wall Street, including at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Gail earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Cornell Law School. She is admitted to practice law in Alaska and New York. Gail is an ATHENA society member, YWCA Woman of Achievement awardee, and a 2014 recipient of the Northwest Indian Bar Association’s Unsung Hero Award. She has served on the ANJC Board since inception and as its Chair since June 2014.
Vice President, Government Contracting
Cook Inlet Regional Corporation, Inc. (CIRI)
Greg is the Vice President, Government Contracting of Cook Inlet Regional Corporation, Inc. (CIRI). He heads up CIRI’s efforts pursuing minority-preference, small business contracts. Razo has a firm understanding of the government contracting industry rules and regulations, and helping CIRI take advantage of the Small Business Administration (SBA) preferences. Razo is Yup’ik and a CIRI shareholder. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Gonzaga University and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University. Razo is a director of the Alaska Native Justice Center, the U.S. Selective Service System Local Board and Chairs the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. Razo is an active member of the Alaska Bar Association and is a director of Alaska Legal Services Corp. and Cook Inlet Native Head Start. He has been a director of CIRI, Cook Inlet Tribal Council and The CIRI Foundation. He also formerly chaired the Anchorage United for Youth Leadership committee and the CITC-JOM Native Education committee. He serves as Chair of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission and has been a strong advocate and leader on Alaska Native Justice issues.
Ninilchik Traditional Council (NTC)
Ivan serves as the Executive Director for the Ninilchik Traditional Council and oversees the executive branch of all NTC departments and services. He has nearly 20 years of experience working in the NTC organization including 6 years in the Tribal Services department before first becoming Executive Director in 2001. Mr. Encelewski was born in Soldotna, Alaska and is a father of three. While growing up in Ninilchik, he attended Ninilchik School where he graduated as valedictorian in 1995. He has also studied at the College of Engineering and Technology at Northern Arizona University and business administration and law and Alaska Native studies at Kenai and human resources. Additionally to seasonally being a local commercial fisherman throughout his life he has been employed by production companies Peak Oilfield Service and Halliburton. Being experienced in Alaska Native governance Ivan is a current board member as the Ninilchik representative to the regional non-profit, Cook Inlet Tribal Council. He has also previously been on the NTC Board of Directors, and has served on the Alaska Federation of Natives Board, the Alaska Native Health Board, the Cook Inlet Treaty Tribes, and the Alaska Native Tribal Judicial Council.
Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
Heather is a senior staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund in the Anchorage, Alaska office. A lawyer, teacher, and mentor, her legal experience includes cases involving subsistence, tribal sovereignty, human rights, and taxation. In 2001, Heather was instrumental in winning the Katie John subsistence hunting and fishing rights case. She has worked with other Alaska Native communities like the Native Village of Venetie, the Native Village of Kluti Kaah, the Native Village of Barrow, and the Nome Eskimo community
Prior to joining NARF, Heather worked with Sonosky, Chambers, Sasche & Miller in Anchorage, Alaska and Washington, DC. doing legislative research and writing memoranda for litigation. From 1992 to 1994, Heather was a Skadden Fellow where she worked as a staff attorney for the Alaska Legal Services Corporation representing indigent clients in court and in administrative hearings. During the second year of her fellowship she worked for NARF as a research attorney assisting in trial preparation for tribal status, among other cases. At the completion of her Skadden Fellowship, Heather was hired by NARF.
Her civic activities include serving on the Honoring Nations Advisory Board of the Ford Foundation and a board member of the Alaska Conservation Foundation. She is former chair of the Indian Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association (1996-1997) and she also served on the Alaska Supreme Court Committee on Fairness and Access to the Judicial System (1997).
Heather is Athabascan. She received a history degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska (1988). She received her M.A. J.D. from Harvard University Law School (1991).
Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN)
Ms. Kitka is a Chugach Eskimo and shareholder of Chugach Alaska Corporation. She currently serves as President of Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) at the pleasure of a 37 member Board of Directors representing the 13 Regional ANCSA corporations, the 12 regional nonprofit tribal association and the villages. She represents AFN before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, the Alaska State Legislature and state agencies on Native issues of national and Statewide importance. Kitka began working at AFN in late 1981. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage.
Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)
Natasha Singh serves as general counsel for the Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks. She is Athabascan and a Stevens Village tribal member. She has worked extensively in tribal government and assisting tribes in child protection matters. Before her job at TCC, she was a law clerk for Alaska Supreme Court Justices Daniel Winfree and Niesje Steinkruger. She was also a law clerk for the Native American Rights Fund.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC)
Serving as President and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) since 1998, Gloria O’Neill has led the organization’s growth in becoming one of the major social service providers in Alaska. Through rigorous attention to community-based results, Ms. O’Neill has established CITC’s national reputation as a leading innovator of effective and replicable approaches to overcoming disparities in education, employment, family preservation and substance dependency. CITC provides nearly 50 essential programs serving more than 12,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people each year.
Ms. O’Neill currently serves as a member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents. She is also a member of the Alaskan Command Civilian Advisory Board and Founder of Upper One Games, LLC. In her role of President and CEO of CITC Enterprises Inc. (CEI), Ms. O’Neill serves as Executive Chair and board member of E-Line Ventures, LLC.
At the national level, Ms. O’Neill was appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC), and is a former member of the Department of the Interior Tribal/Interior Budget Council and the Race and Ethnicity Advisory Committee of the U.S. Census Bureau. Ms. O’Neill also served as a Board member of the National CASA Association, and is a Fellow of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellowship Program.
Ms. O’Neill earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Alaska Pacific University, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Originally from Soldotna, Alaska, Ms. O’Neill is of Yup’ik and Irish descent.