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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April 12th: Energy Action Coalition

CWN Energy Action Coalition   Friday, April 12th   Global LNG Markets   Alaska USA Federal Credit Union 500 W 36th Avenue 2nd floor   Noon-1pm PowerPoint presentation On Friday, Larry Persily will brief us on global energy markets and the outlook for exporting Alaska’s North Slope natural gas. Larry formerly served as federal coordinator […]

April: 12th Fiscal Policy Study Group

CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group   Friday, April 12th   First National Bank Alaska Operations Center 1751 Gambell St   second floor   8am-9am (doors open at 7:45am) Click here for PowerPoint presentation. Friday morning we will be joined by Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson and Department of Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman to discuss the […]

April 25th: Enhancing the University’s Land Grant

CWN Presents Enhancing the University of Alaska’s Land Grant Thursday, April 25th Noon-1:00pm The Petroleum Club of Anchorage 3301 C Street CWN is pleased to host University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen to discuss the University’s land grant and its role in the University’s overall funding. Land grant universities across the United States have been […]


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