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.
Municipal Light & Power Update with Mark A. Johnston, General Manager On Friday, June 30th, Mark A. Johnson, General Manager, ML&P gave the Energy Action Coalition an update on ML&P’s operations, projects for 2017, and discussed the Plant 2A expansion project. His presentation can be downloaded here.
On June 13th, CWN hosted a lunch and a panel discussion with Kathy Moffitt, Director, Special Projects, Anchorage School District, and Herb Schroeder, Ph.D., Founder of UAA’s Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program. They discussed education in Alaska and innovative approaches to education that encourage Alaskan students to become Alaskan teachers. We had a great turnout with a […]
Implementation Strategies Discussions and Subcommittee Break-Out Sessions Alaska Communications Business Technology Center Friday, July 28th 7:30am-8:30am We have had great discussions at recent meetings as we work to refine the most effective ways we can impact state fiscal policy and process. On Friday, we will continue our discussions and have work sessions for our subcommittees […]