Curtis McQueen brings more than 32 years of experience in business, communications, project and construction management, administrative management and governmental affairs. He joined the Rasmuson Foundation board in 2019 and is chairman of the advisory board for the University of Alaska Anchorage Rasmuson Chair of Economics. He previously served on a number of other nonprofit and corporate boards including Great Land Trust, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association. From 2013 to 2019, Curtis served as honorary commander for Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, the Anchorage-based forward command for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.
As a private contractor, McQueen helps corporations, small businesses, and nonprofits navigate markets, strengthen business plans, improve effectiveness and transform in times of turbulent change. He also is helping to launch and is investing in a medical technology company, AlertWet LLC, headquartered in Anchorage with offices in Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia. He is serving as director of business development and strategic relations. Before that, he served as chief executive of Eklutna Inc. He joined the Eklutna family in February 2005 as communications and shareholder relations manager and became CEO two years later, holding that position until July 2019. Eklutna Inc. is the Alaska Native village corporation for Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough — and the largest private landowner in both communities. He oversaw all subsidiaries including 8(a), real estate, natural resources and construction. He is well known and respected for nurturing key relationships.
McQueen is a Tlingit Indian from Southeast Alaska. He is from the Eagle-Killer Whale Clan, is a member of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and is a shareholder of Sealaska Corp. He was formally adopted by the Southcentral Alaska region’s Dena’ina people at the 2014 Powwow. He also previously worked in business development for his tribe, Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.
As a child, McQueen and his family lived in Austria, Bolivia, Afghanistan and Pakistan among short stints in other countries. He spent six years in international schools.
McQueen and his wife, Joan, have two grown children.