Member of The Nature Conservancy's Board of Directors and Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
Anchorage, Alaska.
Frances A. Ulmer Member of The Nature Conservancy's Board of Directors and Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission Anchorage, Alaska. © Dan Chung

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Frances A. Ulmer

TNC Global Board Member and Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC)

Anchorage, Alaska

  • AREAS OF EXPERTISE

    Science and Policy of Alaska and the Arctic

  • Board Term

    October 2011 - October 2020

Biography

Fran Ulmer is the Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC), appointed by President Obama in 2011. In 2014, Secretary Kerry asked Ms. Ulmer to serve as Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska’s largest public university.Before that, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and chairs the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond and Director of Policy Development for the state. In addition, she was the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council and served for more than 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. She has served on numerous local, state and federal advisory committees and boards. Ulmer earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

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