About the www.Alaskool.org project and its developers

Janie Leask

Janie Leask is Manager, Community Relations for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.  In this position, she is responsible for representing Alyeska in its contacts with key community groups, overseeing its donations program, and assisting Alyeska implement its external communications strategy.  

Before joining Alyeska, Janie served as Vice President of Community Development for National Bank of Alaska.  Prior to her work at the bank, she spent fifteen years with the Alaska Federation of Natives, the last seven years as its President.  

Janie currently serves on the boards of the Alaska Humanities Forum and Commonwealth North.  She is also a Trustee for the First Alaskans Foundation and a member of the UAA Board of Advisors.  She and former Anchorage Mayor Rick Mystrom co-chaired Commonwealth North’s “Urban Rural Unity Study” which explored the urban-rural gap in an effort to develop a vision for Alaska’s future that can be shared by all Alaskans.  She’s previously served on the boards of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, State Board of Education, Alaska Land Use Council, Alaska Village Initiatives and Cook Inlet Region, Inc.  

Janie is Haida-Tsimshian and Irish-German and was raised in both Metlakatla and Anchorage.  Her work on behalf of Alaska Natives and rural communities has earned her several recognition’s including the Governor’s Award, the Alaska Village Initiative’s Chief’s Knife Award, and the 1998 Shareholder of the Year from Cook Inlet Region, Inc.  Janie also received the Chairman’s Award from the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce for her work in organizing trips to rural villages to further understanding between urban and rural peoples.   

Janie has a 21 year-old son, David.  She is an avid hockey and softball player. 

This biography posted with permission from Janie Leask.