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FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOr, arctic encounter

managing partner, kallander & associates llc

A native of Cordova, Alaska, Rachel grew up commercial fishing in Prince William Sound and the northern Gulf of Alaska. Rachel holds over a decade of experience in public relations, policy development, and strategic communications. Having served as professional staff in Congress, the Alaska State Legislature, and in leadership positions on several statewide political campaigns, Rachel is a seasoned operative in the business and policy development efforts that impact the regions, peoples, and issues of the Far North. 

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington's School of Law where she focused on maritime law, natural resource law, and human rights law. She is currently enrolled as a student with Harvard Business School's HBX program.

In 2013, Rachel participated in a two week Arctic science mission on board the USCG HEALY icebreaker, researching and observing oil spill response and recovery efforts. Building on her unique insight into the practical and political challenges of advancing Arctic policy in a way that best serves Alaska and its people, in 2013, Rachel founded Kallander & Associates LLC. The mission of Kallander & Associates is to seek out bipartisan and effective ways to ensure the coexistence of responsible development, sustainable environments, and healthy communities. Rachel’s drive to organize the Arctic Encounter Symposium was inspired by her belief that such coexistence can and must exist.

In November 2016, Rachel completed her role as Deputy Campaign Manager for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's victorious statewide reelection campaign in Alaska. She continues to work within the public policy and private consulting arenas in Alaska, the Arctic, Washington D.C., the Pacific Northwest, and abroad. 

To learn more about the work Kallander & Associates LLC is currently engaged in, or to contact her directly, please click here. 




Kaleb was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, where his family still resides. His deep ties to Alaska and passion for the state continue to shape his career toward a particular focus and emphasis on Alaska and the Arctic.

Currently, Kaleb is Vice President at Holland & Hart, providing clients with valuable counsel and innovative solutions in the energy, environmental, Arctic and natural resources sectors. As a native of Alaska, Kaleb also has unique experience and background with issues involving public lands, timber, mining, fisheries management, oil and gas and Alaska Native affairs.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Kaleb served for nearly six years as Senior Counsel to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and its ranking member, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). In that capacity, he was involved in a wide range of issues, including public lands, wildlife management and environmental regulation. Notably, he helped shape the final versions of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 and the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, which was designed to avert an historic shortage of helium threatening the medical, technology innovation and space industries. In addition, Kaleb served as the lead counsel on numerous pieces of Alaska-specific energy and natural resources legislation, such as the Denali Park Improvement Act, which became law.

Before he began his time in the U.S. Senate, Kaleb practiced commercial real estate law in New York City, with a concentration on large scale commercial acquisitions and lending. Kaleb is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. 

To learn more about the work Kaleb is engaged in via the Arctic Encounter or to contact him directly, please click here. 


Managing director, arctic encounter

ASSOCIATE, kallander & associates llC

Graduate student, university of alaska fairbanks

Raised on the Kenai Peninsula, Caroline returned to Alaska in 2018 after completing a Bachelor of Art’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Certificate of Social Studies & Humanities from Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po).

In addition to her roles with Arctic Encounter and Kallander & Associates, Caroline is the Associate Director of the University of Alaska Center for Rural Collaboration, a non-academic center focused on strengthening the blue economies of Alaska’s coastal communities. Much of her time is spent traveling in rural Alaska and facilitating conversations and workshops for village leaders and regional and state-wide stakeholders. She is also the co-founder of 49th Rising, an Alaska-based organization that both provides a platform for survivors of sexual violence to tell their stories and collaborates with stakeholders and legislators on policy solutions for Alaskans.

Also a graduate student at the University of Alaska, Caroline is currently finishing her master’s thesis, which is a comparative analysis of salmon subsistence policy in Alaska and Norway.

Given the opportunity, Caroline would move to the Arctic tomorrow.

To learn more about the work Caroline is engaged in via the Arctic Encounter, or to contact her directly, please click here. 

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ASSOCIATE, kallander & associates llc

undergraduate student, boise state university

Born in Sitka, and raised in Soldotna, Jackson is a lifelong Alaskan. Jackson grew up recreating across Alaska. He feels a deep passion for Alaska, the Arctic and ensuring the resources are protected.

A recent honors graduate of Soldotna High School, Jackson was recently named a Coca-Cola Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholarship is one of the premier national scholarships for seniors who have shown a passion for leadership and public service.

Jackson attends Boise State University. He is a member of the Honors College and is pursuing a double-major in Political Science and Economics. He plans on attending Law School and focusing in natural resource and constitutional law. Ultimately, he hopes to return to Alaska and be involved in public policy that affects Alaska and the Arctic.

Although Jackson just graduated high school, he has had exposure to local, state, and national politics. Jackson was appointed by Alaska Governor Bill Walker to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and has interned for the City of Soldotna, as well as for Senator Peter Micciche in Juneau. He was appointed a United States Senate Page by Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Fall of 2015. Jackson served as the Kenai Peninsula Office Operations Manager on her successful reelection campaign in 2016. Most recently, Jackson completed an internship in her Washington, D.C. office, with time spent in her personal office and the Energy and Natural Resource Committee.

Jackson is excited to work with Team Arctic Encounter. He hopes to travel throughout the Arctic region and aid in organizing successful conferences.

To learn more about the work Kallander & Associates LLC is currently engaged in, please click here. 

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intern, arctic encounter


Born and raised in Anchorage, Emma is currently attending East Anchorage High School and taking college classes at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Emma’s high school is the most diverse high school in the United States of America. She will be attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the Fall of 2018 to pursue a double major in Northern Studies and Political Science as well as a minor in cello.

Emma has a passion for all things Arctic which has been demonstrated throughout her high school career. In March of 2016, Emma attended the Arctic Economic Annual Meeting hosted in Tromsø, Norway. She was the Alaska Technical Assistant and her job was to assist the secretariats Bianca Johansen and Anu Fredrikson in any way possible. Then in the summer of 2016, Emma attended the TOW Summit hosted in Ukpiaġvik, Alaska. She was in charge of helping attendees check in and was put in charge of directing the college student volunteers. During the rest of the summer Emma interned at the Institute of the North creating an archive database. She also hosted a Northern Forum meeting with the Institute of the North at which Alaska joined Northern Forum. Emma was recently appointed by Senator Murkowski to be a U.S. Senate Page were she lived in Washington, D.C. and saw first hand how legislation is passed in the U.S. Senate.

Emma is currently assisting with the Arctic Encounter Symposium by collecting and organizing potential attendees. Emma will be interning at the Symposium and assisting the AES team in Seattle, Washington.

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Brian Dusek is an Alaskan through and through, born and raised in Soldotna with the opportunity to travel across Alaska throughout his life. Currently double-majoring in Marketing and Communication Studies with a Minor in Political Science from Colorado State University, Brian’s Alaskan roots have guided him to an understanding of the importance of the Arctic’s natural resources and environmental importance.

While interning for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski in the summer of 2017, Brian learned about the power Alaska's natural resources hold, and the international implications of the Arctic. His time in the Honors Program at Colorado State University has continuously illustrated the importance of sustainability, while his jobs and internships have strengthened his idea of community and communication.

While Brian hopes to one day work in political communications, public relations, or campaigns, he always wants to maintain a connection to his home state of Alaska. Brian is incredibly excited to be involved with conversations surrounding the significance of the Arctic, and he looks forward having the opportunity to intern for the Arctic Encounter.




project manager, washington women for climate action now

Born and raised in Washington State, Annalee Cappellano has spent her professional and academic career in pursuit of natural sciences. While studying environmental studies and marine biology at the University of Washington, she was awarded funding to research biochemical stressors of Eelgrass in the Puget Sound for the Samish Indian Nation. Researching on behalf of the Indian Nation, she learned the value of intersecting community values with natural sciences. Since graduating, Annalee has been working in Seattle as a project manager for Washington Women for Climate Action Now, where she plans events and drives community engagement to elevate women climate leaders around Washington State.

Annalee has a growing career developing sustainable solutions within communities. She is excited to be interning with AES where progress to a sustainable future is driven by collaboration between people of the arctic and natural resources from the north.



Design intern, Arctic Encounter

intern, Kallander & Associates LLC

Undergraduate Student, Rhode Island School of Design

Madi Ko moved to Alaska during middle school. She soon connected to the state through its beauty and the Native Youth Olympics (NYO) community. After living in Fairbanks and Palmer, Madi moved to Rhode Island, where she studies Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

The power of design and visual communication has always interested Madi. In high school, she saw how she could both be creative and help the communities she cared about. These priorities aligned while serving two terms as Public Relations Officer for the Alaska Association of Student Governments. Madi was also one of two Alaska delegates for the 2017 U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP), where she visited

Washington, D.C. for the first time and realized all of the potential paths to public service. As an intern in Senator Murkowski’s Washington D.C. office, she was inspired by how staffers from a variety of backgrounds and interests could all come together to serve Alaskans. She returned to D.C. the next summer as an intern in the White House Photo Office.

Madi is looking forward to working for the Arctic community and is excited by the potential of social media, design, and digital strategy to support the Arctic Encounter mission.