Alaska Wilderness League Board of Directors Appoints Kristen Miller as Executive Director of Alaska Wilderness League and Alaska Wilderness League Action
Washington, D.C. – Alaska Wilderness League is pleased to announce the promotion of Kristen Miller to executive director of the League and its 501(c)4 affiliate organization, Alaska Wilderness League Action (AWLA).
Kristen’s long-standing history with the League, having joined in 2006 as legislative director, ensures that both organizations are well positioned to take part in emerging and dynamic policy engagements within the conservation community, while continuing the organization’s long history of advancing strong protections for Alaska’s most treasured places. Already known in the environmental and conservation community and among legislative partners in Congress, Kristen will assume executive functions of the League and will work with other conservation and Alaska Native organizations to champion Alaska’s public lands and waters on a national stage.
In her new role, Kristen will also lead the organizations in charting new priorities including those centered on environmental justice alongside the need to protect America’s public lands from the harms of climate change.
“We are thrilled by Kristen’s decision to accept the board’s invitation to lead this new chapter for both organizations,” said Pat Pourchot, president of Alaska Wilderness League’s Board of Directors. “Kristen’s deep legislative knowledge, uncanny ability to deconstruct the complexity of Alaska’s public lands, and stalwart reputation among our conservation partners make this appointment an exciting turning point for the League. The board stands in full support of her as she advances an invigorated vision for the preservation of Alaska’s vast landscapes.”
“I am grateful to the League and Alaska Wilderness League Action’s Boards of Directors for this opportunity, and I am extremely proud to step into this position,” said Miller. “Over my career at the League, I have had the opportunity to work alongside and be inspired by amazing staff, strong Indigenous leaders, diverse partners, dedicated League members, and supporters from across America who love Alaska’s wild places. As we enter our 30th year, I’m ready to lead the League and to tackle our next decade’s work to protect wild lands, support human rights, and address the climate crisis.”
With Kristen’s promotion to executive director, Dr. Peter Winsor exited the organization Friday, January 6. The board and staff thank Peter for his commitment to issues facing Alaska lands and waters and his leadership of both organizations during a fast-moving period leading up to the 2022 elections.
Please join us in welcoming Kristen in her new role. Learn more about her background and expertise here.