The Arctic: Challenges and Opportunities

Fran Ulmer

Fran Ulmer
Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission

Fran Ulmer is chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, where she has served since being appointed by President Obama in March 2011. In 2014, Secretary Kerry asked Ms. Ulmer to serve as a Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage(UAA), Alaska’s largest public university. Previously, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA.

She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and chairs the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association. Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond and Director of Policy Development for the state. She has served on numerous state and federal boards including the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010, over 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council, and co- chair of the Aspen Institute’ s Commission on Arctic Climate Change. Ms. Ulmer lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

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