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Chris E. McNeil, Jr.

Chris-McNeil.jpgPresident and CEO

"As Natives, we understand that a forest is a unified community, a complex system that is greater than the sum of its parts. The same is true for the human community of Southeast Alaska. Together, we can produce something far better than what we are doing separately."

Chris E. McNeil, Jr. is Tlingit and a member of the Nisga’a Nation. He is Eagle Daklaweidi (Killerwhale) House and his Tlingit name is Shaakakóoni.

Chris has served as the president and CEO of Sealaska Corporation since 2001.

Originally from Juneau, he has worked for Sealaska since 1978, holding various positions, including two terms as executive vice president and general council and one term on the board of directors.

Prior to joining Sealaska, Chris held numerous positions around the country, including Washington representative and counsel to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in Connecticut, chairman of the Native American Rights Fund, director of American Indian Programs at Stanford University, director of Goldbelt, Inc., director of the American Indian National Bank, president of the Juneau Tlingit and Haida Community Council, chairman of the Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority and second vice president of the Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska.

Chris earned a law degree from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Stanford University, and a master's in political science from Yale University.

"Our heritage is at the heart of Sealaska. To sustain our culture over the past 10,000 years, Alaska Natives have had to adapt to change. Yet throughout time, we have mantained values that guide us and form the core of our community. And when new forces test our resolve, Alaska Natives rely on our core values for strength and guidance to compete in the challenging business world—for employment, education and economic gains."

 

 
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