Sharity Sommer

Program Officer

Phone: (907) 334-0516


Sharity Sommer became a program officer in November 2017.  She has held a variety of positions at the Foundation beginning as an intern in 2009 through the First Alaskans Institute Leadership Program.

Sharity works on grant requests and programs. She co-manages the Individual Artist Awards program, helps coordinate the Premera Rural Health Care Fund and oversees the Foundation’s partnership with Museums Alaska to help museums and cultural centers acquire art by currently practicing, Alaska-based artists, as well as to support museum professionals in managing their collections. She previously coordinated the Tier 1 small grant program.

Sharity earned a Bachelor of Arts in international studies with a minor in psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She serves on the board of Facing Foster Care in Alaska. She hopes to inspire her nieces and nephews through positive involvement in the community. She loves learning her traditional language, Denaakk’e, and traveling.


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Program Officer of External Affairs

Jeff Baird

Chief of Staff

Angela Cox

Vice President of External Affairs

Lisa Demer

Communications Manager

Tanya Dumas

Program Officer

Julee Farley

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Carmen Goodwin

Payroll and Benefits Administrator

Jess Haley

Manager of the President's Office

Josh Hemsath

Program Fellow

Stephanie Hubers

Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidents

Marian Hunter

Grants Manager

Diane Kaplan

President and CEO

Emily Kwon

External Affairs Associate

Dick Mandsager

Senior Fellow

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Alexandra McKay

Vice President of Programs

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Samona Norombaba

Special Assistant to Vice President of Programs

Kris Palmatier

Director of Finance

Chris Perez

Director of Programs

Shawn Rivera

Director of IT

Allison Ruoff

Administrative Assistant

Todd Shenk

Senior Program Officer

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