Ivy Spohnholz was born in a small cabin in remote Nabesna in what is now Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Throughout her career, she has dedicated herself to helping people in Alaska, a commitment that led to her serving three terms in the Alaska State Legislature.
Prior to her service in the Legislature, on behalf of The Salvation Army, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Conservation Foundation and Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, she has worked to develop innovative partnerships and attract private investment in pursuit to solutions on a broad range of issues.
Ivy holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration, both from the University of Washington. She has been a foster and adoptive parent and is the past chair of the board of directors for the Alaska Children’s Trust. Ivy lives in Anchorage and Talkeetna with her husband, Troy. They have three adult daughters, Iris, Kim and Maya. In her free time, Spohnholz loves to hike, ski and gather wild Alaska foods and fish.