The Commission

Commissioners

Patrick Anderson, Representing the Alaska Federation of Natives 2006 - 2012
Patrick Anderson is Executive Director of Chugachmiut.

Bruce M. Botelho, Representing the Alaska Municipal League 2004 - 2012
Bruce Botelho is Mayor of the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska, and previously served as Alaska's Attorney General from January 1994 to December 2002.

Charlotte Brower, Representing the North Slope Borough 2006 - 2012
Charlotte Brower is Mayor of the North Slope Borough. Prior to becoming Mayor, she served as a magistrate in the Alaska State Court System.

Loretta Bullard, Representing a Non-profit Native Corporation that operates a Village Public Safety Officer Program 2004 - 2012
Loretta Bullard is President/CEO of Kawerak, Inc., and has served in this capacity since 1991.

Michael C. Geraghty, State Co-Chair February 2012
Michael Geraghty was appointed as the Attorney General for the State of Alaska in February 2012.

Wilson Justin, Representing the Tribal Perspective 2004 - 2012
Wilson Justin is Tribal Administrator of the Cheesh'na Tribal Council, and previously served as the Executive Vice President of the Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium.

Karen L. Loeffler, Federal Co-Chair 2009 - 2012
Karen Loeffler has served as the United States Attorney for the District of Alaska since October 2009, and was Acting U.S. Attorney from March 2009 to October 2009.

Joseph A. Masters, Representing the Department of Public Safety 2008 - 2012
Joseph Masters is the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Alaska.  He has served 28 years as a law enforcement officer, including 20 years as an Alaska State Trooper, and several years as a Village Public Safety Officer, a Village Police Officer and a Municipal Police Officer.

Gail R. (Anagick) Schubert, Representing the Alaska Native Justice Center 2004 - 2012
Gail Schubert is the President/CEO for the Bering Straits Native Corporation. She is an attorney, and is a board member of the Alaska Federation of Natives.

James E. Torgerson, Representing the Federal District Court for the District of Alaska 2004 - 2012
James Torgerson is the managing partner of the Stoel Rives Anchorage office. Prior to private practice, he served in the U.S. Attorney's office in Anchorage as Chief of the Civil Division from 1994 to 1998 and Chief of the Criminal Division from 1992 to 1994.

Former Commissioners

Edgar Blatchford, State Co-Chair January 2005 – March 2005
Edgar Blatchford was the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development between 2003 and 2005.

Harold Buddy Brown, Representing the Alaska Federation of Natives 2004 - 2006
Harold Brown served as President/CEO for the Tanana Chiefs Conference during his tenure on the Commission. Prior to that time, he served as General Counsel for Tanana Chiefs Conference from 1999 – 2002, and argued the landmark Alaska Supreme Court case of John v. Baker as a member of a legal team representing tribal interests. Mr. Brown passed away while serving on the Commission after a valiant battle against cancer.

Timothy M. Burgess, Federal Co-Chair 2004 – 2005
Judge Burgess currently sits on the Federal District Court for the District of Alaska. He served as the United States Attorney for the District of Alaska from 2001 to 2005.

John J. Burns, State Co-Chair 2011 – 2012
John Burns served as the Attorney General for the State of Alaska from January 2011 to January 2012.

Nelson P. Cohen, Federal Co-Chair 2006 - 2009
Nelson Cohen served as the United States Attorney for the District of Alaska from August 2006 to February 2009.

Talis J. Colberg, State Co-Chair 2007 – 2009
Talis Colberg served as the Attorney General for the State of Alaska from December 2006 to March 2009.

David Marquez, State Co-Chair 2005 - 2006
David Marquez served as the Attorney General for the State of Alaska from April 2005 to December 2006.

Walt Monegan, Representing the Department of Public Safety 2006 - 2008
Walt Monegan is President of Alaska Native Justice Center, and served as Commissioner of Public Safety from December 2006 to July 2008. Prior service includes more than 33 years as a police officer with the Anchorage Police Department, where he retired as Chief of Police.

Gregg Renkes, State-Cho-Chair 2004 - 2005
Gregg Renkes served as the Attorney General for the State of Alaska from November 2002 to February 2005.

Roswell L. Schaeffer, Sr., Representing an Organized Borough 2004 - 2005
Roswell Schaeffer served as Mayor of the Northwest Borough.

Ethan Schutt, Representing the Alaska Federation of Natives 2004 - 2006
Ethan Schutt is Senior Vice President, Land and Energy Development at CIRI, and previously served as CIRI's general counsel. He was general counsel to the Tanana Chiefs Conference.

Deborah M. Smith, Federal Co-Chair 2006
Magistrate Judge Smith is the Federal Magistrate for the District of Alaska, and served as Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska between March and August 2006.

Daniel S. Sullivan, State Co-Chair 2009 – 2010
Daniel Sullivan served as the Attorney General for the State of Alaska from June 2009 to December 2010. He is now serving as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

William Tandeske, Representing the Department of Public Safety 2004 - 2006
Bill Tandeske served as Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety from February 2003 to 2006. Prior to that time, he served as an Alaska State Trooper for 26 years.