For immediate release
April 15, 2021
Contact: Lisa Demer, 907-545-3555

Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation is pleased to announce four new staff members, including a program officer with deep roots in the nonprofit community.

Monica Garcia-Itchoak joined Rasmuson Foundation this month, bringing more than 26 years of nonprofit experience to her role as program officer. As part of the Program Team, she will review grant applications, work on initiatives and join convenings of partners for projects to improve life in Alaska.

She comes from The Foraker Group, where she worked with nonprofits on sustainability. Garcia-Itchoak moved to Alaska in 2010 from New York to direct education and public programs at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Among other museum posts, she managed museum learning experiences at The American Museum of Natural History. She currently serves on the boards of the Pratt Museum, Museums Alaska and thread Alaska.

“We are so excited to have Monica on our team,” said Alexandra McKay, Rasmuson Foundation vice president of programs. “Her dedication to forging community relationships and systems transformation is reflected throughout her career. Monica’s commitment to the arts and nonprofit organizations make her a natural fit for us.”

Other new additions to the Foundation are:


Sydney Copley, executive assistant to the vice president of external affairs. Copley earlier worked for the State of Alaska, where she served three administrations in the Office of the Governor. She also serves on the board of Fairbanks Montessori Preschool.

Ted Mala, program fellow for grantmaking. Prior to joining Rasmuson Foundation, he worked at Southcentral Foundation as special assistant to and congressional liaison for the president and CEO. Earlier, he served as senior director of business development at NANA Management Services. Twenty years ago, Mala’s first Alaska job was on the Southcentral Foundation team that helped to launch the Family Wellness Warriors Initiative to combat domestic violence, abuse and neglect.

Erin Milan, administrative assistant and receptionist. Milan joined the Foundation from ConocoPhillips Alaska, where she served as an executive assistant. She earned her Associate of Applied Science from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

“Each of these new staff members bring a passion for the Foundation’s work of helping improve the lives of Alaskans,” said Jeff Baird, Rasmuson Foundation chief of staff. “We are thrilled to have them on our team.”

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About the Foundation

Through grantmaking and initiatives, Rasmuson Foundation aims to promote a better life for all Alaskans. Main funding areas are homelessness, health care, the arts, organizational and community development and human services including projects to address domestic violence, child abuse and services for seniors and people with disabilities. The Foundation was created in 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson.