For Immediate Release
March 11, 2019
Contact: Lisa Demer, 907-545-3555 (cell)
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Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation is proud to announce that a village corporation leader and an airline executive are joining the board of directors.

Curtis McQueen, chief executive officer of Eklutna Inc., and Marilyn F. Romano, Alaska regional vice president for Alaska Airlines, have been elected to three-year terms.

Curtis McQueen (Photo by Andre Horton)

McQueen joined the Eklutna family in February 2005 as communications and shareholder relations manager and became chief executive officer two years later. Eklutna Inc. is the Alaska Native village corporation for Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough — and the largest private landowner in both communities. McQueen leads the executive team and business operations, community involvement, and legal and financial matters. He also oversees all subsidiaries including 8(a), real estate, natural resources and construction. McQueen is Tlingit and was formally adopted by the region’s Dena’ina people at the 2014 Powwow.

He brings more than 32 years of experience in business, communications, project and construction management, administrative management and governmental affairs. He also previously worked in business development for his tribe, Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

He serves on the boards for Great Land Trust, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association. He also is on the advisory board for the University of Alaska Anchorage Rasmuson Chair of Economics, and he serves on a subcommittee for Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

McQueen and his wife, Joan, have two grown children.

Marilyn Romano (Photo by Brian Adams)

Romano started with Alaska Airlines in 2011 as the regional vice president for Alaska and added the state of Hawaii to her area of responsibility in 2016. She shapes and executes a range of areas for Alaska Airlines including strategic external relations, corporate giving, sales and marketing, communications and governmental affairs. Before working for the airline, she spent nearly two decades with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the second largest paper in Alaska, including 11 years as publisher. She was the newspaper’s first woman top executive.

Romano serves on the boards of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Board, is a trustee for the University of Alaska Foundation, and is vice president of the Alaska Airlines Foundation. She is also a member of the American Heart Association statewide board and has led Go Red for Women events in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Her contributions have brought recognition including a Top 40 Under 40 award from the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Woman of Distinction from the Farthest North Girl Scouts, and the Cashen Award for meritorious service to University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2014, she was inducted into the ATHENA Society, which honors female leaders who work to set an example for the next generation of leaders.

Romano and her husband, Brian, live in Anchorage.

On the 14-member Foundation board, eight seats are filled by Rasmuson family members. The rest are currently filled by Alaska community leaders. The Foundation welcomes McQueen and Romano to the board. We also are grateful to outgoing board members Dr. Matt Hirschfeld and Aaron Schutt for years of dedicated service.

About the Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband “E.A.” Rasmuson. Through grantmaking and initiatives, the Foundation aims to promote a better life for all Alaskans.