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.


The Future of Education in Alaska: Pre-K to PhD December 14

Commonwealth North is proud to host Alaska Commissioner of Education and Early Development, Michael Johnson, and the President of the University of Alaska, Jim Johnsen, to share their vision of the future of education in Alaska. They will discuss how the University of Alaska and the Department of Education are working together on a long-term […]

Legislative Agenda 2017: 10th Annual Legislator Meet & Greet Dec 7

  Commonwealth North invites you to participate in our 10th Annual Legislator Meet & Greet program next month. The incoming House Speaker, and Senate President for the 2017 legislative session will keynote this event to present their legislative priorities for next year. Then, in table discussions, you will have the opportunity to discuss key issues […]

CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group Dec 2nd

Our Fiscal Policy Study Group has been working to develop an update our 2015 report, “The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities”.  On Friday, we will finalize our updated recommendations for the CWN Board. December 2nd, 7:30am-8:30am, Morris Communications, 301 Arctic Slope Ave., located North of the Dimond Costco off of King Street.
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