Senior Director for Alaska Native Success and Partnerships - Kristel Komakhuk
Senior Director for Alaska Native Success and Partnerships
Kristel Komakhuk joins the UA leadership team as Senior Director of Alaska Native Success & Partnerships. In this role, she helps to guide and support the implementation of the Alaska Native Success Initiative (ANSI) Strategic Plan. She also focuses on strengthening relationships between UA and Alaska Native partners.
Kristel is of Alutiiq and Inupiaq descent, and was born and raised in Anchorage on Dena’ina Athabascan land. Her maternal family is from Tatitlek, and her paternal family is from the Nome area; her Grandma would identify from her home fish camp in Solomon. A first-generation graduate on both sides of her family, she is a proud UA alum, holding a B.B.A. in Business Management from UAA.
Prior to joining UA, Kristel worked at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) as the APU Senior Liaison for Development and External Relationships. In that role, she aided APU in its journey toward indigenization by developing and maintaining relationships, and liaising with external entities. She’s also served on Shell Exploration & Production Company’s stakeholder management team, and as the Development Director at First Alaskans Institute.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, reading, cooking, yoga, and appreciating Alaska’s beauty on hikes and walks.