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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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July 8th: Arctic Policy Study Group

Arctic Policy Study Group Study Launch   Wednesday, July 8th 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Online Please join Arctic Policy Study Group Co-Chairs Mead Treadwell, Tom Barrett, Moire Bockenstedt, Bob Cox, and Gail Schubert and invited guests from our Arctic collaborators as Commonwealth North begins a new look at policies that are shaping the Arctic. […]

June 18th: Food Security Study Group

Food Security Study Group Mass Feeding Capacity and Infrastructure Thursday, June 18th 9am-10am We will host a panel of experts to discuss emergency feeding plans in the event of disasters or interruptions in Alaska’s food supply chain. Panelists: Major John Brackenbury, Salvation Army | Alaska Division Dave Williams, American Red Cross | Alaska Region Lisa […]

May 27th: America’s Arctic Strategy

CWN Presents: Alaska’s Role in America’s Arctic Strategy US Senator Dan Sullivan Wednesday, May 27th Online via Zoom Noon-1:00pm Commonwealth North is pleased to host US Senator Dan Sullivan to discuss Alaska’s role in the nation’s Arctic strategy. As we noted in our report, Why the Arctic Matters, The Arctic is vast, rich, vulnerable and […]