Due to resignations, the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA) recently solicited interest for eligible applicants to serve on the Board of Directors. An appointment was made in October and a subsequent appointment made early November. The newest ANVCA Directors include Martin Hanofee, President of The Tatitlek Corporation and Loren Peterson, President/CEO and Chairman of Azachorok Incorporated. Both Directors will serve the remaining terms of their predecessors, set to expire in 2019.
Loren Peterson was raised in Mountain Village, a predominately Yupik community located on the Lower Yukon River. He has dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for Alaska Natives while protecting cultural values. Loren currently serves as Chairman and President/C.E.O. of Azachorok Inc., an A.N.C.S.A. Village Corporation. Loren is also the Chairman & CEO of Azachorok’s subsidiary, A – Z Contract Services LLC which is entering the 8(a) Business Development Program. He is originally an “after born” meaning he was born after 1971 when A.N.C.S.A. incorporated Alaska Native Corporations. With inherited shares from his late father, William J. Peterson Sr., Loren is one of the younger Chairman/CEO’s overseeing a village corporation.
Loren completed his B.A. in Journalism with emphasis on Political Science at the University of Oregon and spent time studying at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks including the Rural Alaska Honors Institute program prior to entering college. However, it was due to his experience as a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Ted Stevens in Washington, DC that lured him into studying politics. After completing his undergraduate degree, he earned a scholarship for the Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University, where he completed graduate level courses in Political Management and Lobbying. While at the GWU, he interned at the National Congress of American Indians where he was exposed to the broader range of issues impacting Alaska Natives and Native Americans.
After returning to Alaska, Loren served as an Asa’carsarmuit Tribal Council member in Mountain Village while working full time as an Environmental Program Director for the Yupiit of Andreafski in Saint Mary’s, Alaska. He then went on to become a legislative aide for State Senator Donny Olson, where he spearheaded legislation to create the Alaska Native Language Preservation Council (ANLPC). The passage of the legislation allocated $1 million towards efforts to restore indigenous languages statewide through the work of the ANLPC.
More recently, Peterson worked at the Alaska Conservation Foundation as the Alaska Native Fund Program Officer where he played a key part towards establishing a sustainable Alaska Native Fund endowment fund with the goal of awarding $500,000 annually to the Alaska Native community for conservation efforts addressing energy, climate change and sustainable economic development to name a few.
Loren is looking forward to serving on the ANVCA Board. “I hope to be a great asset and will be able to contribute meaningful service on this statewide organization in advancing the mission of ANVCA so that village corporation members and rural communities have the infrastructure and financial security to be resilient and continue their efforts to become sovereign Alaska Native communities.”
Loren Peterson currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
ANVCA hopes highlight Mr. Martin Hanofee in a future story.