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.

Walter J. Hickel Award Evening Gala: May 11th

May 11th, 2018 Hilton Anchorage Hotel Ballroom Reception 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm CWN Presents the Walter J. Hickel Award for Distinguished Public Policy Leadership 2018 Recipient Jim Jansen, Chairman of Lynden, Inc. Honorary Co-Chairs: Governor Sean Parnell, Governor Frank Murkowski, Governor Tony Knowles, Governor Steve Cowper, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don […]

Fiscal Policy Study Group March 23rd: Revenue Commissioner

Friday, March 23rd 8am-9am Revenue Commissioner Sheldon Fisher will join us to discuss the Department of Revenue’s priorities for 2018, a proposal for bonding authority to pay oil tax credits, and a briefing on the Spring Revenue Sources Book. The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900. 8am-9am Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave. (same street […]

March 8th: Breakfast w/ U.S. Department of the Interior

Breakfast with the U.S. Department of the Interior The Dena’ina Center Thursday, March 8th 7:00am-8:00am Video of the program is now available by clicking here. We are excited to announce an opportunity to hear from the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, David Bernhardt, and Alaska’s own Joe Balash, Department of the […]

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