Movers and Shakers for May 30
First National Bank Alaska announced Janet Weiss as the newest addition to its board of directors. Weiss previously served as regional president of BP Alaska for more than seven years before all assets were transferred in a sale to Hilcorp Alaska. Weiss received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University. She began her career in Alaska in 1986 as a process engineer before moving into reservoir engineering. Weiss joins chair Betsy Lawer, Vice Chair Lucy Mahan, FNBA President Doug Longacre, Adm. Tom Barrett, USCG (ret.), Perry Eaton, Margy Johnson, Jane Klopfer and Tom Tougas on the board. All the directors were either elected or reelected to their board positions during the bank’s annual shareholder meeting on April 27. Action was also taken to reelect Lawer as chair, Mahan as vice chair and Eaton as lead director.
Chugach Electric Association Inc. members elected University of Alaska Anchorage associate research professor Erin Whitney to a four-year term on the seven-member board. Whitney will replace engineer Stuart Parks, who has served on the board since January 2017.
Stoel Rives LLP associate Whitney A. Brown has been selected to serve as a clerk for the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The clerkship begins in July 2021 and will last for one year, after which Brown hopes and expects to return to Alaska. Brown, who focuses on complex litigation at Stoel Rives, was a law clerk to the Hon. Morgan Christen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Hon. Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Hon. Goodwin H. Liu of the Supreme Court of California. She earlier worked for several years in Washington, D.C., on health policy issues. Brown received her juris doctor from the UCLA School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review. She received her master of public health and graduate certificate in human rights from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, and her associate’s degree from the University of Chicago.