Aerial view of Alaska's beautiful Kenai Lake.
Alaska Jewel Aerial view of Alaska's beautiful Kenai Lake © Paxson Woelber

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Announcing Two New Alaska Trustees

Linda Behnken and Nikoosh Carlo Join TNC’s Leadership Board in Alaska

The Nature Conservancy in Alaska is pleased to welcome Linda Behnken and Nikoosh Carlo to its Board of Trustees.

Linda Behnken, of Sitka, Alaska, has fished commercially since 1982, both as a deckhand and owner/operator. Since 1991, Behnken has served as executive director of the Alaska Longline Fisherman’s Association, a fisheries non-profit committed to promoting sustainable fisheries and thriving fishing communities through policy engagement, collaborative research, and education. She has served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the International Pacific Halibut Commission and Alaska’s Climate Action Leadership Team. Behnken also helped launch the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust, which invests in fishing access opportunities for community-based fishermen committed to sustainable fishing practices and Alaskan’s Own, the first community supported fisheries program in Alaska.

Behnken was awarded the National Fisherman Highliner award in 2009 for her work promoting healthy marine ecosystems and strong coastal communities, and in 2016 she was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood by President Obama. Last year, Behnken received the Heinz Foundation award for the Environment. Behnken holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University.  

Dr. Nikoosh Carlo is CEO of CNC North Consulting LLC in Seattle, Wash. She has extensive experience working to advance community-driven solutions to climate change. As founder and chief strategist at CNC North Consulting, Dr. Carlo helps clients develop a vision for their climate and Arctic priorities, build momentum to achieve change, and foster partnerships to drive forward movement. Dr. Carlo has a special interest in advancing initiatives that support climate equity and the health and well-being of Arctic residents and Indigenous Peoples.

Dr. Carlo previously served as senior advisor for climate and Arctic policy to the Governor of Alaska, a senior advisor at the U.S. State Department for the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and the executive director of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission. Dr. Carlo is Koyukon Athabascan and has deep roots in the Interior Alaska communities of Fairbanks and Tanana, where she was raised. Dr. Carlo holds a B.S. in psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California San Diego.

Linda Behnken
Linda Behnken serves as a trustee for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska. © Josh Roper Photography
Nikoosh Carlo
Nikoosh Carlo serves as a trustee for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska. © Courtesy Nikoosh Carlo
Linda Behnken serves as a trustee for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska. © Josh Roper Photography
Nikoosh Carlo serves as a trustee for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska. © Courtesy Nikoosh Carlo

The membership of the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Alaska also includes President Karen King, Anchorage; Amy Batchelor, Boulder, Colo.; Lori Davey, Anchorage; Adam Gibbons, Bronxville, N.Y.; Mike Johnson, Alamo, Calif.; Andy Mack, Anchorage; Ben Mallott, Anchorage; Steve Murphy, Anchorage; Melanie Baca Osborne, Anchorage; H. Charles Price, New York, N.Y.; Norm Van Vactor, Dillingham; Bob Waldrop, Anchorage; and T. Henry Wilson, Anchorage.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated creating innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. When invited to collaborate, TNC works in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and local communities to strengthen their role in stewarding the lands and waters upon which all life depends. TNC believes a thriving future is possible only if communities are shaping conservation and development decisions. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, and providing food and water sustainably through a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.

Learn more at nature.org/alaska or follow @nature_AK on twitter and @natureconservancyalaska on Facebook.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.