Commonwealth North’s mission is to educate Alaskans on significant public policy issues and assist in identifying effective solutions.

In that process, CWN fills a unique, non-partisan niche that provides Alaskans with access to policy makers, frank dialogue, and continual civic engagement.  We bring clarity to issues free from political bias, and advocate for thoughtful, deliberative development of public policy.

Governors Bill Egan and Walter Hickel founded the organization in 1979 to bring together Alaskans who cared about Alaska then and into its future. Having once been political opponents, they united to create a non-partisan environment that continues to bring together some of the most inspiring leaders and thinkers of the day; to study and explore the unique nature of Alaska; to wrestle with the toughest policy issues; and prepare Alaskans to step up to public service.

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April 27th: Fiscal Policy Study Group

Friday, April 27th 8am-9am Alaska’s Pension Obligations with Cliff Groh Cliff Groh, Chair of Alaska Common Ground, will present a paper he recently wrote in collaboration with ISER on how the state is dealing with retirement systems that don’t have enough money to cover future costs of pensions and benefits for state and local employees […]

April 20th: Fiscal Policy Study Group Legislative Update

Friday, April 20th 8am-9am Legislative Update with Tim Bradner Tim Bradner will update us on the legislative session in Juneau as well as provide a summary of his remarks at Northrim Bank’s Economic luncheon Monday. The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900. 8am-9am Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave. (same street as Danner Avenue) (Google […]

Walter J. Hickel Award Evening Gala: May 11th

May 11th, 2018 Hilton Anchorage Hotel Ballroom Reception 5:30pm, Program 6:30pm-9:00pm Live Entertainment Raffle Dinner ~Business Attire~ CWN Presents the Walter J. Hickel Award for Distinguished Public Policy Leadership 2018 Recipient Jim Jansen, Chairman of Lynden, Inc. Seating is limited – advance registration required. Honorary Co-Chairs: Governor Sean Parnell, Governor Frank Murkowski, Governor Tony Knowles, […]


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