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Committees and Liaisons

Appointments by Assembly Chair are effective as of 04/19/2019.

Committees

 

​AMATS POLICY COMMITTEE

Member: Pete Petersen 
Member: John Weddleton
Alternate: Christopher
Constant

Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) is a city and state coordinated planning process to set priorities for spending Federal funds for highways, roads, trails, and related improvements.  Transportation planning prepares the Community's Long Range Transportation Plan, which is a tool to implement the Comprehensive Plan.           

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BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

Co-Chairs: Austin Quinn-Davidson and Forrest Dunbar

The Assembly Budget/Finance Committee deliberates and makes recommendations on matters relating to the financial management and policies of the Municipality and its agents.  These matters include the annual operating budgets of the general government, the utilities, and the Anchorage School District.          

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COMMITTEE ON HOMELESSNESS

Co-Chairs: Kameron Perez-Verdia and Meg Zaletel

Member: Forrest Dunbar
Member: Fred Dyson
Member: Crystal Kennedy
Member: Suzanne LaFrance
Member: Austin Quinn-Davidson
Member: Felix Rivera

The Assembly Committee on Homelessness works with municipal agencies, non-profits, and private-sector entities to identify cause and effect of alcohol and drug abuse and disruptive behaviors amongst chronically homeless.  Analysis will include mental health issues, overall impact on municipal resources and the private sector, educational programs, and funding sources to seek solutions that will make Anchorage the model city for dealing with the problems associated with the chronically homeless.        

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COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 

Co-Chairs: John Weddleton and Crystal Kennedy

Member: Christopher Constant
Member: Forrest Dunbar
Member: Pete Petersen
Member: Meg Zaletel

Over a period of years, the Anchorage Assembly conducted a comprehensive review of Anchorage Municipal Code Title 21 (Land Use Planning) making major changes.  Currently, members of the Community have a choice to use either the previous Title 21 (which expired on December 31, 2014, but was extended to December 31, 2015 under AO 2014-126) or the new Title 21 Code. 

The Assembly Community & Economic Development Committee will work with the Administration and the Community to evaluate the implementation of the new Title 21.The mission of the Assembly Community & Economic Development Committee is to evaluate and make recommendations to refine Municipal Code and processes to encourage efficient government, responsible development, and healthy economic growth.

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ENTERPRISE AND UTILITY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

Co-Chairs: Christopher Constant and Suzanne LaFrance

The Assembly Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding the operations and budgets of the Municipality's five enterprise activities: Municipal Light & Power, Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility, Solid Waste Services, the Port of Anchorage, and Merrill Field.

 

​ETHICS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

Chair: Pete Petersen

Member: Forrest Dunbar
Member: Austin Quinn-Davidson
Member: Crystal Kennedy

The Assembly Ethics and Elections Committee reviews both the Ethics Code and the Elections Code for clarity.  At the request of the Chair or an Assembly member, the Committee provides review and recommendations to the Assembly on proposed revision to both Codes.   The Committee may also develop and recommend changes to both Codes in coordination with concerns of the Board of Ethics, the Election Commission, the Office of the Municipal Clerk, and the general public. 

 

​HEALTH POLICY COMMITTEE

Co-Chairs: Suzanne LaFrance and Austin Quinn-Davidson

Member: Christopher Constant
Member: Forrest Dunbar
Member: Fred Dyson
Member: Felix Rivera
Member: Kameron Perez-Verdia
Member: Meg Zaletel

The Assembly Health Policy Committee works with municipal and state agencies, non-profits, and private sector entities to study and make recommendations on legislative and policy matters regarding public health.  Specific topics include substance abuse treatment and prevention, reduction of Anchorage's disproportionately high health care costs, health and safety regulations, and disease prevention and control.

 

 

​LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

Chair: Pete Petersen

Member: Forrest Dunbar
Member: Fred Dyson
Member: Pete Petersen
Member: Austin Quinn-Davidson
Member: Felix Rivera

The Assembly Legislative Committee deliberates and makes recommendations regarding the Municipality's six-year capital budget plans of both general government and the utilities.  The Committee also participates in planning the capital budget and formulates an Anchorage Legislative Program which is submitted yearly to the State Legislature to lobby for funding of projects.

​MUNICIPAL AUDIT COMMITTEE

Chair: Fred Dyson

Member: Suzanne LaFrance
Member: Felix Rivera
Municipal Manager: Bill Falsey
Chief Financial Officer: Alexander Slivka
Acting Controller: Pam Ellis

The Municipal Audit Committee coordinates and recommends audits of municipal agencies' activities and accounts.  The Committee also oversees the independent financial audit of the Municipality.  The Committee is chaired by an Assembly member and is comprised of six members; three appointed by the Assembly and three appointed by the Mayor.

 

​PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

Chair: Felix Rivera

Member: Suzanne LaFrance
Member: Forrest Dunbar

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PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

Co-Chairs: Forrest Dunbar and Pete Petersen

The Assembly Public Safety Committee deliberates and makes recommendations on legislative and policy matters relating to crime and fire prevention, law enforcement, administration of justice, corrections, and emergency services; and coordinates with the Municipal, State, and Federal law enforcement and justice agencies.

 

​RULES COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

Chair: Felix Rivera

The Rules Committee serves as a standing Assembly Committee to study and develop the best procedural methods for handling a wide variety of matters that come before the Assembly. The Committee is also open for members to update Assembly vision, mission, and goals; to hear issues and updates from Assembly committees; and  to discuss Assembly policies, procedures, and other independent issues for collaboration.  Upon referral, the Rules Committee will review and suggest changes to proposed ordinances; recommend conditions for debate; outline processes for the organization and presentation of individual Assembly member amendments; and perform such other Committee support assignments as applicable to the referral.  Upon referral by the Chair, the Committee may also hold public hearings on draft legislative proposals to allow the public an opportunity to provide comment and voice individual opinion prior to introduction.

​TRAINING TASK FORCE

Chair: Austin Quinn-Davidson

Member: Barbara A. Jones
Member: Desirea Camacho

​The new, in 2019, Assembly Training Task Force was created to provide more in-depth training than worksessions allow on topics that may come before the Assembly. Training worksessions will be presented on a variety of topics at the request of the members or the Chair and typically will be offered on one Friday each month from 10-12 noon.  The Chair of the Task Force reports to the Chair. 

 

LIAISONS

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​Alaska Municipal League (AML)

Member/AML Director: Pete Petersen

Alternate: Suzanne LaFrance

​The Alaska Municipal League (AML) is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan, statewide organization of 165 cities, boroughs, and unified municipalities, representing over 97 percent of Alaska's residents. Originally organized in 1950, the League of Alaska Cities became the Alaska Municipal League in 1962 when boroughs joined the League.  The mission of the Alaska Municipal League is to:

  1. Represent the unified voice of Alaska's local governments to successfully influence state and federal decision making.
  2. Build consensus and partnerships to address Alaska's Challenges.
  3. Provide training and joint services to strengthen Alaska's local governments.
    • The Anchorage Assembly Member Liaison serves as Board Member from District 5, Anchorage. 
    • The AML Board meets several times per year.  The AML Annual Conference is held each November in Anchorage.  A winter Legislative Meeting is usually held in January during the legislative session.  The AML Board, the Alaska Conference of Mayors and others work together to hold a Combined Summer meeting in August of each year.   
    • The Assembly Member contact is Executive Director Nils Andreassen or Deputy Director Betty Svensson at (907) 586-1325 or nils@akml.org or betty@akml.org, respectively. 

​Anchorage Chamber of Commerce (ACVB)

Member: Forrest Dunbar

Alternate: Christopher Constant

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes Anchorage as a year-round destination. With more than 1,300 members, the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau is our community's way of attracting and serving visitors.

  • The Anchorage Assembly Member Liaison serves as a board member.
  • The Board meets 5 times per year usually on the third Thursday of the months of January, April, July, September, and November. A Board retreat is scheduled in February. The Board meets at different locations – the Dena'ina Center of the Egan Convention Center.
  • Monthly Membership Meeting is on the third Thursday of the month at 12:00 noon at the Egan Convention Center.  Reservations are required.
  • The Assembly Member contact is Julie Saupe, President and CEO, at (907) 246-4118 and jsaupe@anchorage.net.

​Anchorage Community Development Authority 

Ex Officio Member: Christopher Constant

Ex Officio Member: Austin Quinn-Davidson

​ACDA, a municipal corporation, works to encourage and facilitate responsible development and redevelopment in Anchorage by forming partnerships and working with the community. ACDA operates EasyPark which provides value to downtown in the form of affordable, convenient, and secure parking options.

  • The Anchorage Assembly Member Liaison serves as an ex officio board member. 
  • The Board meets on the first or second Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at ACDA at 245 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 122.
  • The Assembly Member contact is Melinda Gant, Public Relations at (907) 276-7275 or info@acda.net.

​Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau

Member: Pete Petersen

Alternate: Meg Zaletel        

​The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes Anchorage as a year-round destination. With more than 1,300 members, the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau is our community's way of attracting and serving visitors.

  • The Anchorage Assembly Member Liaison serves as a board member.
  • The Board meets 5 times per year usually on the third Thursday of the months of January, April, July, September, and November.  A Board retreat is scheduled in February.  The Board meets at different locations – the Dena'ina Center of the Egan Convention Center. 
  • Monthly Membership Meeting is on the third Thursday of the month at 12:00 noon at the Egan Convention Center.  Reservations are required.
  • The Assembly Member contact is Julie Saupe, President and CEO, at (907) 246-4118 and jsaupe@anchorage.net.

​Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)

Member: John Weddleton

Alternate: Felix Rivera

​AEDC is a private nonprofit corporation, whose mission is to grow a prosperous, sustainable and diverse economy. Its vision includes Anchorage being invested in priority Live. Work. Play. by 2025.  ADEC exists to encourage growth and diversity in the Anchorage economy, promote a favorable business climate and improve the standard of living of Anchorage residents. Funding sources for the corporation are private contributions, municipal and state grants and contracts.

  • The Anchorage Assembly Member Liaison serves as an ex officio board member.    
  • The Assembly Member contact is Bill Popp, President and CEO at (907) 258-3700 or bpopp@aedcweb.com.

​Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce (CER)

Member: Fred Dyson

Alternate: Crystal Kennedy

​Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce strives to make Chugiak-Eagle River the "most livable and unique community" in Alaska.  The Chamber's mission is to be an organization whose energies are focused on the promotion and development of a sustainable and vibrant economic and civic environment.

  • The Anchorage Assembly Member Liaisons serve as in Standing Seats. 
  • Lunch Forums are hosted by the Chamber twice monthly on the first and third Wednesdays at the Eagle River Ale House. 
  • The Assembly Member contact is Debbie Rinckey, Executive Director, at (907) 694-4702 or executivedirector@cer.org.

​Federation of Community Councils (FCC)

Member: Felix Rivera

Alternate: Suzanne LaFrance

​The Federation of Community Councils, Inc. (FCC) operates the Community Councils Center to provide mailing, technical and support services to the Community Councils in the Municipality of Anchorage. Every neighborhood in the Municipality is in a Community Council district. Anchorage's 38 Community Councils provide a direct and continuing means of citizen participation in government and local affairs. The FCC receives the majority of its operating revenue from the Municipality of Anchorage as a grant to provide services to the independent councils in Anchorage.

  • The Anchorage Assembly Member Liaison serves as liaison. 
  • The Board of Delegates usually meets monthly on the third Wednesday at the Community Councils Center at 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 100. 
  • The Assembly Member contact is Mark Butler, FCC Manager, (907) 277-1977 or info@communitycouncils.org.

​National League of Cities (NLC)

Member: Christopher Constant

Member: Austin Quinn-Davidson

​The National League of Cities serves the interests of 19,000 cities, towns and villages in the US as well as professionals working in municipal government. The National League of Cities is a resource and advocate for the nation's cities and their leaders.

  • The Anchorage Assembly Member Liaison serves as Voting Member. 
  • The NLC hosts two annual conferences: the City Summit every fall and the Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. every spring.  The NLC Board meets on during the conferences.  Additional information is available on the NLC website at https://www.nlc.org/ or at Info@ncl.org
  • In addition, there is an NLC Members Only website that you may access for more information.  To do so:
    1. Click on the “MyNLC" link at the top of the NLC website at https://www.nlc.org/.
    2. Enter your “User Name," which is your MOA email address.
    3. Click on the link for “Forgot my Password" and a password will be sent to your email address.