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 21: CWN’s 15th Annual Review of Alaska Assets

Wednesday, April 21 Online via Zoom Noon-1:00pm As shareholders of “Alaska Inc.”, the citizens of Alaska have a vested interest in how their state’s assets are performing. On April 21, CWN will host a panel of experts to report on the status of Alaska’s finances. This is especially critical now as the state faces critical […]

April 2 Energy Policy Study Group

Energy Policy Study Group Tony Izzo General Manager, Matanuska Electric Association Friday, April 2 noon-1pm online Tony will give an update on the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric project and SQ transmission line that was damaged in the recent summer fires. The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.

March 3: Alaska Seafood: Markets, Players, and Issues

Alaska Seafood:Markets, Players, Issues Wednesday, March 3, 2021Noon – 1:00 pm The seafood industry is a major component of the Alaska economy.* This program features an overview of the economics of Alaska Seafood, a look at the harvesting and processing sectors, and discussion of industry status and and outlook for 2021. Speakers have also been asked […]