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 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. 

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managing director, arctic encounter

Partner, kallander & associates llc

graduate student, johns hopkins university

A life-long Alaskan, Cale was raised in Anchorage. Cale is currently a graduate student studying International Economics and Finance and currently lives in Washington, DC.

Cale has worked previously for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski in various capacities, most recently serving as the Policy Director for the Senator's successful 2016 reelection campaign. In 2010, he served as an intern on the Senator's historic write-in campaign and as a college intern in Congress. Cale has also served as an intern on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and for two summers in the Senator's Anchorage district office. Additionally, in the spring of 2015, Cale worked side by side with Senator Murkowski and her staff to facilitate and support the creation of the U.S. Senate Arctic Caucus, which remains active and in effect on Capitol Hill today.

Cale graduated from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2016, earning a Bachelors of Science in International Economics. He currently is pursuing a Masters degree in International Economics and Finance at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). During his time at Georgetown, Cale focused his studies and research on development economics, energy economics and the intersection of these two policy areas. He has refocused his work in graduate school on Macroeconomics and its relationship with global energy markets.

Cale has always been fascinated by the beauty and opportunity of the Arctic. He has been fortunate to travel throughout the Arctic region. Cale previously served as the Outreach Director for the 2015 Arctic Encounter Paris and the 2016 Arctic Encounter Seattle. Cale served as the Managing Director of the 2017 Arctic Encounter Symposium. In addition to his current role as Managing Director of the Arctic Encounter, Cale serves as a Partner with Kallander & Associates LLC.  

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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 Cassidy & Associates, 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 Cassidy, 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 and Cassidy & Associates, or to contact him directly, please click here. 

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arctic encounter

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.

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communications advisor, arctic encounter

president, dillon strategic communications

Robert Dillon is a Washington DC-based strategic communications and public policy advisor focused on energy and environmental policy. As an Institute of the North Fellow, he is focused on improving the economic conditions of rural Alaska communities and the opportunities and challenges presented by an increasingly accessible Arctic. 

Dillon was a senior member of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff from 2008 to 2016. He served as the communications director for Sen. Murkowski’s 2016 Senate campaign and was a member of her historic 2010 write-in campaign team. Before joining the Senate, Dillon was a writer and editor covering politics, energy, and federal Indian policy. 

He started his career at The Anchorage Times in Alaska and was editor of The Tundra Drums and Arctic Sounder, news director at Kotzebue’s KOTZ Broadcasting, and a political reporter at The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner based in Juneau and Washington, D.C. He also worked in Europe and in Asia at The Prague PostCentral European Business Weekly, and China Daily

Dillon spent several years living in Alaska’s rural Yup’ik and Inupiat communities writing on culture, politics and economic issues facing the state’s traditional communities. During his time in rural Alaska, Dillon got involved in competitive mid-distance and sprint dog mushing – though he wasn’t very competitive. 

Dillon is a graduate of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with a BA in journalism and minor in Alaska Native studies. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Eva, and their 8-year-old daughter, Anna.

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ASSOCIATE, kallander & associates llc

Having traveled all over the world, Caroline will forever call her favorite place Alaska. Raised in Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula, she grew up interested in Alaska’s indigenous communities, cultures, and pristine ecosystems.

Caroline is completing a Bachelor of Arts and Letters in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame (‘18) with a focus in International Human Rights and Peace Studies. While studying at Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, she was able to study Refugee Law and Human Rights Law with prominent lawyers in both fields, as well as work with different organizations addressing the displaced persons and refugee crisis in France. Her awareness of people displaced by climate change grew during this time, and she decided to return home to work for Alaskans after spending the Summer of 2017 interning for Senator Lisa Murkowski in her Washington D.C. office.

Caroline’s interests lie in not only protecting the Arctic, but also the human rights of all its inhabitants. She plans on both attending law school and completing a masters in journalism in the coming years with the hope to more effectively voice the issues facing this rapidly-changing environment and the individuals who live in the Arctic.

Caroline is helping to coordinate the Arctic Youth Initiative programming at the Arctic Encounter Symposium. She enjoys photography, yoga, and practicing French, and is deeply passionate about Alaska’s wilderness.

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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 the 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 is 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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intern, arctic encounter


Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Connor fell in love with the outdoors at a young age. As an Eagle Scout he learned the importance of responsible resource management and conservation of natural areas. Connor attended the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands where he studied international business contracting and international food policy with a focus in the European Union‘s Common Fisheries Policy. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and has a degree in Business Management as well as Applied Computing. Connor has served as the Chief Justice for Green River College and was appointed as their Judicial Board Committee Chairman. Connor is passionate about making a positive impact on the environment while facilitating meaningful and sustainable solutions to the issues we face today.