OUR STAFF

Kristen Miller - Executive Director

Kristen Miller has spent her career in environmental policy and politics, with a focus on the lands and waters of Alaska. She joined the Alaska Wilderness League in 2006 as the League’s Legislative Director. Since that time, she has led the policy and campaign team during multiple League expansions, serving for more than 10 years as Conservation Director. Kristen has also served as acting Executive Director for the League twice during her tenure. Over those years, Kristen has initiated and overseen several successful campaigns to further conservation protections in Alaska, including the transition away from industrial scale old growth logging the Tongass National Forest and the protection of 125 million acres of the Arctic Ocean by President Obama. She has led the national conservation community during countless Congressional floor votes targeted at industrializing Alaska’s public lands, including several votes targeted at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and she serves as a co-chair for the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign. She has also played a key supporting staff role throughout the entire history of Alaska Wilderness League Action. Kristen has a deep knowledge about how to work with Congress and the administration to move federal land and water policy, and how to best bring leaders and supporters from Alaska and around the country to be a part of realizing these conservation gains.

Prior to joining the League, Kristen worked as a Senior Associate for Alaska Public Lands at the National Wildlife Federation where she led a campaign to engage Congressional moderate Republicans, succeeding in blocking an Arctic Refuge drilling provision as part of the 2005 budget reconciliation process.

She started her career as an environmental legislative assistant for Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) in the House of Representatives. She is a graduate of Washington University School of Law, during which time she spent a semester working as a legal fellow for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Kristen fell in love with the beauty of Alaska after living for a summer outside of Denali National Park and relishes every opportunity she gets to visit Alaska. When not at the League, she is a full-time executive assistant for her two daughters and their yellow lab, Cash.

Ashley Davis - Climate and Justice Partnership Organizer

Ashley brings a background in partnership building, policy advocacy and community activism to her role at Alaska Wilderness League. Prior to joining the team in 2022, Ashley led an immigrant workforce development initiative in Idaho and supported a program advancing human rights and social justice in the Americas. She thrives when building community around shared questions, such as: What is our responsibility to the land, each other, and all of Earth’s inhabitants? How can we act in a way that respects our interdependence and ensures collective thriving for generations to come? Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ashley currently resides on unceded Shoshone Bannock and Paiute land in Boise, Idaho.

Maddie Halloran - Manager of Alaska Campaigns

Maddie joined Alaska Wilderness League in March of 2021. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Technological Studies with a focus on Conservation and Development from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to joining AWL, Maddie worked in various environmental science and education positions in Alaska, Maine, Minnesota, Arizona and California. Maddie finished her master’s degree in Fisheries Biology at Humboldt State University in 2020, where her research focused on local population dynamics of coho salmon.

Marley Hatfield - Development Associate

Marley joined Alaska Wilderness League in July of 2022. Growing up on wildlife reserves across Eastern and Southern Africa, she developed an interest in the interconnection between indigenous communities and conservation. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A in Performing Arts Management, she worked on a community-owned wildlife conservancy in Kenya assisting with projects designed to empower local Maasai communities while promoting species repopulation and land regeneration. She fell in love with the Alaskan wilderness while guiding multi-day sea kayak adventures in the Kenai Fjords National Park and is fiercely passionate about protecting the biodiversity of our planet. When not working, Marley can be found wandering around nearby forests in search of birds, experimenting with fermentation, or planning her next backcountry adventure.

Chris Konish - Director of Development

Chris began working at Alaska Wilderness League in September 2017. A California native, he graduated with a degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, followed by fundraising for Los Angeles-based arts and education nonprofits while enjoying the beaches, mountains and deserts of southern California. After starting his career at nonprofit publisher Red Hen Press, he moved on to support individual fundraising at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica and then grantmaking at the Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation. Today he directs the League's fundraising operations, ensuring supporters remain connected to and invested in protecting wild Alaska. Chris spends his off hours exploring D.C. and its nearby hiking trails with his wife and dog.

Mladen Mates - Director of Finance and Operations

Mladen joined the Alaska Wilderness League team in January 2008 and also serves as the League's Director of Finance and Operations. He graduated from Empire State College with a Bachelor of Arts in International and European Economic Studies. He is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional and works daily to make the most of the League’s limited resources. He’s also an amazing photographer and our website and materials feature many of his images. When not at work, you can find him on the water honing his sailing skills or paddle-boarding.

Andy Moderow - Alaska Director

Based in Anchorage, Andy joined the Alaska Wilderness League team in January 2016. A lifelong Alaskan, Andy grew up running sled dogs and finished the 1,100 mile Iditarod in 2001 just before attending Cornell University. After graduating, he returned to Alaska and interned in the National Parks Conservation Association's Alaska office. Following that, he spent four years as a state legislative aide, taking a yearlong break to manage a statewide political campaign. Just prior to joining the League team, he worked for the Alaska LCV State League in a variety of roles, ranging from Executive Director and Political Director to Data Director. When not working, Andy can be found at the family dog kennel — located just outside Denali National Park — or in the mountains skiing and studying the snowpack.

Lois Norrgard - National Field Organizer

With Alaska Wilderness League since 2007, Lois transitioned from small business owner to environmental organizer in 2000. As a powerhouse advocate for the protection of our amazing public lands in Alaska, she strengthens, empowers and organizes our passionate grassroots volunteers so they can leave a lasting impact on decision-makers. She cares deeply about sustainable living and spends time gardening, hiking with her dogs, and exploring nature’s beauty in her home state of Minnesota.

Anna Robinson - Database Manager

Anna joined the Alaska Wilderness League in September 2019. She graduated in 2018 from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences and French. Before joining the League she spent the 2018-2019 school year teaching English in Rennes, France. Anna has always cared about the environment and discovered her love of conservation and wildlife protection while studying Balinese macaques in Indonesia. When she's not at the League she can be found experimenting with sustainable, vegetarian recipes or exploring Virginia's hiking trails and waterways.

Monica Scherer - Director of Outreach

Monica develops and manages volunteer efforts for all the Leagues campaigns across the continental United States and coordinates efforts between partner organizations. She strives to empower and support individuals and organizations to engage in meaningful actions on behalf of Alaska’s public lands. Monica joined the League in January of 2007 as a field organizer and later started the Alaska Wild Educator Network, growing it currently to more than 1,000 educators across the country. Prior to working at the League, she worked at the League of Conservation Voters and for Representative John Dingell (D-MI). She has a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Widener University. In her free time she….wait, what free time?!

Basia Sikora - Operations Manager

Basia joined the League in the spring of 2013. She graduated from Illinois State University where she studied Political Science. Basia previously worked on logistics and operations for political campaigns in Illinois before moving to Washington, D.C., to indulge her love of history. While working as an educational guide with mostly foreign exchange students, Basia discovered the importance of passion when advocating — this is when she knew she wanted to pursue a nonprofit career. In her multifaceted role, she provides League staff with support and logistics that help League campaigns win. When Basia is not at work, she is surely thinking of her next adventure — which probably includes chasing a flying disc somewhere across the globe, or petting a local dog.

Hilary Stamper - Director of Member Engagement

Hilary has been helping organizations and individuals drive progressive social change for more than 18 years. After graduating from Stanford with a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a burning desire to help wildlife, Hilary spent nearly 10 years at Care2.com working with nonprofit clients. At Alaska Wilderness League since spring 2013, she continues to focus on developing winning online strategies that engage supporters and turn online activities into offline results. She has continued to evaluate and couple online tools with concise, compelling communications that make it easy for individuals to give money and take actions to protect our wild places. When not working, coaching club soccer or tending a menagerie of pets and kids, Hilary and her dogs are running along the beach or sauntering through California mountains.

Priya Uppuluri - Legislative Associate

Priya joined Alaska Wilderness League in the fall of 2021. She grew up in Illinois and received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.S. in Public Policy from DePaul University. Prior to joining the League, Priya worked with various nonprofit groups on health policy and environmental policy issues. She is an experienced field organizer having worked on congressional and issue-based campaigns. In her free time, she enjoys kickboxing, learning Bollywood-style dance, visiting national parks, and scoping out the best bakeries.

Aileo Weinmann – Communications Director

Aileo joined Alaska Wilderness League in June of 2022. He got hooked on Alaska and its unique riches of people and resources while reporting public radio stories for a weekly show about all things Alaska. Prior to joining AWL, Aileo worked in Communications for the National Wildlife Federation and Resource Media, and as a journalist in Alaska, California and Michigan – producing and reporting public radio stories, reporting and editing magazines, and reporting newspaper stories. Aileo is Based in Colorado on lands originally belonging to the Arapaho Tribe (the Denver region’s Indigenous history also includes the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.) He holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University and a B.A. in American Culture from The University of Michigan.