Independent Nominee Debra E. Lekanoff
Leading through service is a priority in my life. As your next Director, I will bring humility to serving our shareholders with over 30 years of experience in elected and appointed positions at all governing levels to Sealaska.
My political, economic, and cultural foundation provides balanced decision-making that reflects the fiduciary roles of the tribal corporation’s bylaws. Sealaska has provided prosperity for our shareholders, while giving back to our community. I am committed to carrying on that tradition and making decisions that best represent the needs of all of our corporation. I bring the experience of strategically building common ground to address economic and cultural needs, while focusing on the sustainability of our corporation.
Over my experience I have found that collaboration is key. As your next Director, I will work to build stronger relationships between Sealaska, ANCSA village corporations, tribal governments, local governments and the State of Alaska to address the crisis of village invisibility and loss of investment by the state to our economic sustainability, education, housing, transportation, health care, housing and energy needs. Together, we can continue to build a solid foundation for our future generations, while caring for our elders and community members in need.
CITY/ STATE: Anacortes, Washington
OCCUPATION: Washington State 40th Legislative District Representative; Consultant, Lekanoff, LLC.
CURRENT AND PREVIOUS POSITIONS WITHIN SEALASKA CORPORATION AND/OR SEALASKA SUBSIDIARIES: Sealaska Intern.
DIRECTORSHIP(S) HELD IN OTHER ENTITIES: n/a
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree, Business and Finance, from Central Washington University
AFFILIATIONS: Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Executive Member, State of Washington, Net Zero Commission, Puget Sound Energy.