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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May 22nd: Food Security Study Group

CWN Food Security Study Group   Alaska Food Policy Council   Wednesday, May 22nd   Alaska Village Initiatives 1577 C St Suite 304   8am-9am On Wednesday, we will have a briefing from Rachael Miller, Co-chair of the Alaska Food Policy Council Board of Directors and Assistant Professor of Business at Alaska Pacific University. Rachael […]

May 17th: Energy Action Coalition w/ Gov. Murkowski

Energy Action Coalition with Governor Frank Murkowski Who Owns Alaska? Friday May 17th noon-1pm Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave Governor Murkowski will discuss the topic: Who owns Alaska and how it impacts Alaska’s efforts to develop infrastructure. His talk will include the Roadless Rule, and his thoughts on the potential of several large infrastructure […]

May 17th: Fiscal Policy Study Group

Fiscal Policy Study Group New Study on The State of Alaska’s Debt Management and Retirement System First National Bank Alaska Operations Center 1751 Gambell St second floor 8am-9am (doors open at 7:45am) Friday morning we will meet to discuss a new study which was recently approved by the CWN board of directors. Over the next […]


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