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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 3rd: Fiscal Policy Study Group

Fiscal Policy Study Group 7th Inning Stretch – The game goes on rain or shine… Representative Jennifer Johnston Co-Chair, House Finance Committee Online via Zoom or by phone Friday, April 3rd 8am-9am Download the PowerPoint here. On Friday, we will host Representative Jennifer Johnston to give us a recap of the legislative session focused on […]

Online Energy Action Coalition April 3rd

Energy Action Coalition Global Oil Market Update Larry Persily Oil and Gas Columnist Friday, April 3 Noon-1pm Online via Zoom or Phone Registration RequiredDownload the PowerPoint here. Larry Persily will join us to discuss the changing global oil markets and what they could mean for Alaska. Larry is a longtime Alaska journalist, who has served in […]

April 1st Online: How Permanent is Permanent?

How Permanent is Permanent? Wednesday, April 1st Noon-1pm Online via Zoom or by phone Watch the video online Join Commonwealth North online for a spirited debate about the future of the Permanent Fund. Ralph Townsend, Director of UAA’s Institute for Social and Economic Research, and Craig Richards, Chair of the Permanent Fund Board of Trustees, […]


Commonwealth North
PO Box 240668, Anchorage AK 99524
Tel: (907) 276-1414   Fax: (907) 276-6350
info@commonwealth.org