Movers and Shakers for June 13
Helge Eng joined the Department of Natural Resources as director of the Division of Forestry and Alaska state forester, after a 21-year career at California’s forest management and wildlife firefighting agency. At the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Eng had been deputy director for forestry since 2015. He had previously spent two years as assistant deputy director for resource protection, nine years as state forests program manager, and three years as state forest biometrician for the department. He has served in a variety of membership and leadership roles in forestry, including registered professional forester and member of the Society of American Foresters; member of the California Licensed Foresters Association, chair of the Northern California Society of American Foresters, and state representative on the Society of American Foresters Policy Committee. Eng earned a bachelor’s degree in forest resources management from the University of British Columbia. At Oregon State University, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in forest management, as well as a master’s degree in statistics. Eng succeeds Chris Maisch, who retired as director and state forester in February after 21 years with the Forestry Division.
Craig Richards was reappointed to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees for the term of July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2025. Richards served on the Board of Trustees from 2015 to 2016 and was reappointed in 2017. Richards majored in finance at the University of Virginia, received his MBA from Duke University and his juris doctorate from Washington &Lee University. After serving as law clerk for Judge Ralph Beistline, Richards worked in private practice with a focus on oil and gas. He served as Attorney General for the State of Alaska from 2014 to 2016 and has since reentered private practice in Anchorage.
Jessie Alloway was appointed to the position of Solicitor General for Civil Appeals. In this role, Alloway will serve as the state’s chief appellate lawyer for civil appeals and supervise the Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics Section of the Alaska Department of Law. Alloway joined the Alaska Department of Law in 2011 as a member of the Natural Resources section, where she represented the Alaska Departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Game in state and federal trial court on a range of issues, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the Submerged Lands Act of 1953, and other critical federal and state constitutional issues. Alloway also worked in the Special Litigation section of the Department of Law, defending the Department of Administration in cases regarding the Alaska Constitution’s diminishment clause, and worked closely with other colleagues on a wide range of litigation. Since January 2020, she has served as a senior assistant attorney general handling an array of civil appeals. Before joining the Department of Law, Alloway served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice where she worked for the Environmental and Natural Resources Division, investigating and prosecuting criminal cases throughout the country. Alloway began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Tallman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law and is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Forestry. Alloway assumed her new position on June 3, 2021.