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Anderson takes top position at Maniilaq

September 27th, 2013 | Carey Restino Print this article   Email this article  

Patrick Anderson, the recent executive director of Chugachmiut, will take the helm at the Maniilaq Association as its president.

Anderson's position becomes effective this week, when he will take over the job of providing health, tribal and social services to the residents of Northwest Alaska.

Anderson's extensive resume spans the gamut from lobbying work to his role as the owner and Alaska pioneer of Lean in Alaska, a business management system for nonprofit organizations developed originally by Toyota.

"A proven leader and recognized expert on corporate governance and parliamentary procedure, Mr. Anderson has pioneered innovative approaches to nonprofit service provision and business management in Alaska," a release from the Maniilaq board of directors said.

Anderson serves on the boards of Sealaska Corporation and the Alaska Native Justice Center and on the Alaska Native Health Board as a tribal health director. He served on the Alaska Native Heritage Center, as co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives Human Resources Committee and as a commissioner for the Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission. Anderson is parliamentarian for the National Congress of American Indians, the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska and the Alaska Federation of Natives.

A 1975 graduate of Princeton University and 1978 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Anderson has been an attorney in Alaska since 1978 and has served as a lobbyist, the director of an economic development center and as an assistant professor at the University of Alaska Southeast.

He is also the father of three adult children and a member of Tlingit Nation, Eagle Tribe, Thunderbird Clan and Thunderbird House of Yakutat/Dry Bay. He is a descendant of the Alutiiq—his late father Clifford was raised in Cordova.

Anderson replaces Ian Erlich, who stepped down in August after five years as the association's head, though he continues to work on some legislative issues on a contract basis.

Erlich said he was resigning to pursue some private business ventures.


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