1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
JUNEAU, Juneau International Airport
Mike Walsh, Vice President/Director of Public Policy, The Foraker Group
Alaska’s nonprofit sector represents a wide variety of organizations that provide public service and have an impact on the lives of nearly everyone living in the state. Although most Alaskans do not think of nonprofits as an economic powerhouse, we play a critical role in the state’s economy both as major employers and as revenue generators.
Join us as we discuss the latest research on the economic impact of Alaska’s nonprofit sector. Learn how you can use the data to advocate for your organization as we highlight the five ways we in the nonprofit sector are doing our part to meet the challenges of the state’s economy.
Juneau International Airport
1873 Shell Simmons Dr
Vice President/Director of Public Policy, The Foraker Group
Mike has lived in Alaska for over 25 years, most of that time in Fairbanks. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Purdue University, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mike served in the administration of Governor Tony Knowles and Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer as Deputy Director of the Fairbanks Office of the Governor, and has worked extensively with local nonprofit boards and agencies on a wide range of policy and management issues. He is a past President of and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Fairbanks Community Food Bank, and is President of the Board of Directors for Dance Theatre Fairbanks, a small nonprofit. He is a long-time Adjunct Professor of Political Science for both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Pacific University. As Vice President, Mike responsibility for development and provision of our business planning services and he provides training to boards and staff on a variety of topics, including lobbying and advocacy and outcomes evaluation. To date he has facilitated dozens of strategic planning sessions, facilitated the development of scores of nonprofit business plans, worked with multiple organizations considering various types of mergers and collaborations, and trained hundreds of nonprofit boards and staff of Alaska nonprofits.