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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March 3: Alaska Seafood: Markets, Players, and Issues

Alaska Seafood:Markets, Players, Issues Wednesday, March 3, 2021Noon – 1:00 pm The seafood industry is a major component of the Alaska economy.* This program features an overview of the economics of Alaska Seafood, a look at the harvesting and processing sectors, and discussion of industry status and and outlook for 2021. Speakers have also been asked […]

February 26: Energy Policy Study Group Innovative Energy Solutions for Alaska

Energy Policy Study Group Innovative Energy Solutions for Alaska Friday, February 26 noon-1pm Online Gwen Holdmann, Director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, will discuss the center’s efforts to bring cost effective energy solutions to rural Alaska. The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) is a statewide, university-led, applied research program based […]

February 24: State of the University

Commonwealth North Forum State of the University A Report from UA President Pat Pitney Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Noon-1pm Online Speaker: Pat Pitney, Interim President of the University of Alaska Statewide. This program is supported in part by the University of Alaska Foundation The program is free of charge, but please register to obtain your […]