​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Committees and Liaisons​

Appointments by Assembly Chair are effective as of 6/13/2023​​.

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​ ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES

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​​AMATS POLICY COMMITTEE

Member: Kevin Cross
Member: Daniel Volland

Alternate: ​Meg Zaletel


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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​ANCHORAGE EQUITY COMMITTEE-OF-THE-ASSEMBLY

Co-Chair: Thea Agnew Bemben
Co-Chair: Reverend Leon May​

Liaison: Kameron Perez-Verdia
Liaison: Felix Rivera​

Staffer: Jasmine Acres
The Anchorage Equity Committee of the Assembly is a Special Assembly Committee and members represent a variety of community and faith-based groups, and other community perspectives who are underrepresented and have lived experience of systemic inequities. Committee membership will prioritize engaging the necessary pe​rspectives to achieve equity and optimal well-being for all Anchorage residents.​

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BUDGET AND FINANCE CO​​​MMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

Co-Chair: Meg Zaletel​
Co-Chair: Anna Brawley

Staffer: Jennifer Veneklasen​​

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

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COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 

Co-Chair: ​Kevin Cross
Co-Chair: George Martinez

Member: Christopher Constant 
Member: Anna Brawley
Member: Ra​ndy Sulte​​​Member​​​​​​​​​: Zac Johnson​Member: Scott MyersMember: Daniel Volland

Staffer: Mandy Honest

​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

Chair: Meg Zaletel
Vice-Chair: Zac Johnson

Staffer: Jennifer Veneklasen

The Assembly Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding the operations and budgets of the Municipality's five utility/enterprise activities: Anchorage Hydropower, Anchorage Water & Wastewater (AWWU), Solid Waste Services (SWS), the Port of Alaska, and Merrill Field.​

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​ETHICS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

Chair: Christopher Constant
Vice-Chair: Karen Bronga

Member: Kevin Cross​

Staffer: Liz Edwards

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. 

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​HEALTH POLICY COMMITTEE

Co-Chair: Daniel Volland
Co-Chair: Karen Bronga

​​Member: Anna Brawley
Member: George Martinez
​Member: Felix Rivera

Staffer: ​Amy Solberg

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.

 

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​HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS COMMITT​EE​

​Chair: Felix Rivera​

Vice-Chair: Randy Sulte

Member: Anna Brawley
M​ember: Christopher Constant
M​ember: ​George Martinez

Staffer: Travis Turner

T​he Assembly Housing and​ Homelessness Committee​ 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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​LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

Chair: Anna Brawley
Vice-Chair: ​Christopher Constant

Member: Zac Johnson
Member: George Martinez
Member: Scott Myers

Staffer: Jasmine Acres​

​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.The Assembly Legislative Committee provides guidance to the Assembly and the Administration and recommendations regarding the Municipality's federal, state, and local legislative priorities. The Committee prepares recommendations for the Municipality's six-year capital program and budget priorities, as well as potential statute changes, and collaborates with the Administration to create the Anchorage Legislative Program submitted annually to the State Legislature. The Committee also serves as a forum for review and deliberation of statute changes and other legislation and policies that impact the Municipality, and Anchorage as a whole. Individual members may work with the committee on communication of district-level priorities and engaging with other levels of government.

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​MUNICIPAL AUDIT COMMITTEE

Chair: Felix Rivera​
Vice-Chair: ​Scott Myers

Member: Kevin Cross

​Acting Municipal Manager: Kent Kohlhase
Acting Chief Fiscal Officer: Grant Yutrzenka
Acting Controller: Casie West

Staffer: Jamie Heinz​

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

Co-Chair: Christopher Constant
Co-Chair: Meg Zaletel

Staffer: Jamie Heinz

​​​​Oversees personnel matters for the legislative branch​.

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PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

​Co-​Chair: ​​Kameron Perez-Verdia
​Co-Chair: Kevin Cross​

Staffer: Liza Spano

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, Stat​e, and Federal law enforcement and justice agencies.

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​​REAPPORTIONMENT COMMITTEE​​

Chair: Christopher Constant

Member: 
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Member: Felix Rivera​

Staffer: Mandy Honest, Liz Edwards, and Jamie Heinz

​​​In accordance with the U.S. and Alaska Constitutions and the Anchorage Municipal Charter’s requirement for the Assembly to assess apportionment of the Municipality’s six districts, the Reapportionment Committee is charged with realign​ing district boundaries to ensure fair representation.​

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​RULES COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

Chair: Christopher Constant

Vice-ChairMeg Zaletel​

Staffer: ​Jamie Heinz​

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.

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​TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE​

Co-Chair: Daniel Volland
Co-Chair: Meg Zaletel​

Staffer: ​Liza Spano​
​The Transportation Committee meets quarterly to discuss the present and future conditions of transportation in Anchorage, including impacts on quality of life and public health for Anchorage residents. The Committee works alongside municipal and statewide partners to review and provide recommendations regarding transportation projects and planning.

ASSEMBLY LIAISONS ​​


​Alaska Municipal Leagu​​e (AML)

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Liaison: Felix Rivera 
 ​Anna Brawley

​The Alaska Municipal League (AML) is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan, statewide ​organization of 165 cities, boroughs, and unified municipalities, represe​nting 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 part​nerships to address Alaska's Challenges.
  3. Provide training and joint services to strengthen Alaska's local governments.​

  • 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 g or g, respectively. 

​Anchorage Chamber of Commerce​

Ex Officio Member: George Martinez
Ex Officio Member: Christopher Constant

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Alaska. Founded in 1915 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) member-driven business organization representing 1,000 companies and a regional workforce of approximately 50,000. For over 100 years, we have served as a resource where our members can gain business knowledge, insight, and strength as business professionals.

  • The Anchorage Assembly Member Liaison serves as an ex officio board member.
  • The Board meetings are the first Friday of the month from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at 1016 West 6th Avenue, Suite 304,  Anchorage, AK 99501.
  • The Assembly Member contact is Bruce Bustamante, President/CEO at (907) 677-7109 or bruce@anchoragechamber.org.

​Anchorage Community Development Authority (ACDA) 

Ex Officio Member: Daniel Volland​
Ex Officio Member: Kevin Cross

 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 optio

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  • The Anchorage Assembly Member Liaison serves as an ex officio board mem​mber. 
  • The Board meets on the first or second Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at ACDA at 245 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 122.
  •  info@acda.net

​Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB)

Liaison: Karen Bronga
Liaison: Kameron Perez-Verdia

​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

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  • 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.
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​Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)

Ex-Officio Member: Zac Johnson
Ex-Officio Member:​ Rand​y Sulte​

​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 Assembly Member contact is Bill Popp, President and CEO at (907) 258-3700 or bpopp@aedcweb.com.

​Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce (CER)

Liaison: ​Scott Myers
Liaison: Kevin Cross

​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)

Liaison: Christopher Constant
Alternate Liaison: Meg Zaletel

​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 Association of Counties (NACo)​

Liaison: ​Randy Sulte
Liaison: Meg Zaletel ​

​The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America's counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to: Advocate county priorities in federal policymaking, Promote exemplary county policies and practices, Nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks, Optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and Enrich the public's understanding of county government.


​National League of Cities (NLC)​

​Liaison: Christopher Constant

Liaison: Anna Brawley


​​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.
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  • 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.​ 

Poverty and Opportunity Task Force​

Liaison: Felix Rivera 
Alternate Liaison: ​​


2021 Alaska House Resolution​ 8 Task Force.

  • ​​The Anchorage Assembly Member Liaison serves as liaison. ​​
  • The Assembly Member contact is David Song, David.Song@akleg.gov. ​​

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