Staff and Contact Info
3300 Arctic Boulevard, Suite 203
Anchorage, AK 99503
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Phone number: (907) 562-7380
Fax number: (888) 356-1206
Doug Griffin | Executive Director
Doug moved to Alaska with his parents, teachers with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, in 1964. He graduated from high school in Sitka and has lived in nine different communities in his fifty years in Alaska. Doug is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. with a BS in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration. While attaining his degrees he worked in the office of Alaska Senator Mike Gravel. Doug has abundant experience over his 36 year career working in management and policy positions for the State of Alaska and various cities. He has worked for the Department of Community and Regional Affairs, the City of Valdez, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the City of St. Mary's, and the City of Palmer. He has worked extensively with the Alaska Legislature in each career position and is knowledgeable about state and local government, economic development, and issues confronting rural Alaska. Doug has lived in Anchorage for eighteen years with his wife Barbara and has a grown daughter/son-in-law, son, and three young granddaughters that also reside in Anchorage.
Erik OBrien | Economic Development Specialist
Growing up in Kodiak, with homegrown education and professional experience, Erik is 100% Alaskan, knowing exactly what makes the SWAMC region great! A global perspective allows for understanding the importance of an interconnected world, being both a world traveler and student of policy. Erik received a Master’s of Science in Economics from UAF, and with a working history of starting business and supporting communities, he is an ideal fit to provide Community and Economic Development services to the SWAMC membership. Fishing roots stretching back generations and extending to present day salmon and halibut operations provides a unique perspective to associate a strong marine based economy with delivering opportunity and quality of life. A data-driven approach for understanding strengths and weaknesses highlights key qualities in his ability to form networks to identify solutions for – energy, business planning, resource development and most our valuable, human capital. When not pursuing interests in development economics, Erik enjoys being a family man to his wife and two daughters – who will undoubtedly grow to be world class fisherwomen.
Laura Vaught | Energy Coordinator
Laura graduated with honors from the University of Alaska Anchorage in May 2014 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. Raised in Alaska, she has developed a passion for the Alaskan way of life the more she’s learned and traveled about this vast and unique state. Working at SWAMC has provided invaluable opportunities for interaction with the people who call the Southwest home and to see just how stunningly beautiful the SWAMC region is. As Energy Coordinator, Laura grasps the logistical and energy challenges that remote Alaskan communities face, and she is excited to be taking on the new role of managing SWAMC's Department of Energy Network & Capacity Building Grant. Outside of her work, Laura enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking, running, and camping; photography; reading; and spending time with family.
Hope Broecker | Client Services Manager
Hope was born and raised in the Ohio and Kentucky area. Through 2006-2009 she primarily worked in the area for rebuilding and disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans focusing on projects in energy efficiency and volunteer mobilization.
In 2009, Hope was admitted to Berea College to study Technology of Industrial Design with a focus in Business and Sustainability which is where she was able to explore different subjects regarding manufacturing. During the summer months at college, Hope worked as a set-netter on the west side of the Cook Inlet which eventually led her to call Alaska her home.
After a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in STEM and Workforce Development for the Southwest Alaska Region, Hope is excited for her new role as Client Services Manager with the MAKE Program and supporting manufacturers in Alaska.