2017 Board of Directors

The 2016 Board of Directors includes the following members of the downtown community:

Board Members

Marcia Chambers – Secretary
Seat 1: Property Owner

Marcia is co-owner of Cange & Chambers LLC, a commercial property management firm in downtown Anchorage. Marcia brings over 14 years of experience with commercial property management in Alaska with an emphasis on small commercial buildings and retail malls. Marcia is responsible for the oversight, maintenance and operations of our properties. She also oversees tenant improvements from space planning to completion.

Clai Porter – Policy Chair
Seat 2: Property Owner

As owner of NCP Design/Build Ltd / NCP Architects and Planners and a resident of Anchorage for more than 30 years, Clai has an active interest in helping Anchorage and Alaska grow. As Vice-Chair of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, he works hard to use his experience in residential building and energy efficiency to help all Alaskans. From 2000 – 2009 Clai, as a founder and Chairman of the Board for Cold Climate Housing Research Center, worked to develop and advance healthy, durable, and economically sound shelter for people living in the circumpolar regions. Clai has constructed more than 1200 single family homes and remodeled more than 2800 Anchorage area homes over the years, and looks forward to more green building and energy efficient construction. He is a registered architect, a licensed general contractor, an expert witness, a building code consultant, a building inspection and quality control consultant for large commercial projects. As Anchorage continues to grow and thrive, Clai looks forward to sharing his experience, expertise and vision.

Steve Zelener
Seat 3: Property Owner


Duncan Harrison

Seat 4: Property Owner

Dubbed the “Bipolar CEO” by Inc. Magazine, Duncan Harrison runs one company in Alaska and another in Hawaii — and divides his existence in half, every single month, between the two. Duncan owns and operates Alaskan Automotive Distributing Inc. in Anchorage and Aloha Automotive in Hawaii. Duncan owns properties at 7th & E Street as well as 7th & D Street in downtown Anchorage.

Paul Wackrow
Seat 5: Property Owner


Mark Filipenko
Seat 6:


Stephen Welch
Seat 7: Property Owner

Stephen Welch is the Mall Manager at Anchorage Fifth Avenue Mall in Anchorage, Alaska, for Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) Stephen is accountable for long-term and temporary leasing, negotiation of contracts, staff supervision, office management, budgeting and monthly financial analysis, security and daily operations. Additionally, he is accountable for the development and implementation of mall marketing programs, sales analysis, corporate and tenant communication and community relations.

Prior to Anchorage, Welch served as the Mall Manager at Gulf View Square in Port Richey, Florida. Prior to that, he began his career with Simon in 2009 at Greenwood Park Mall before moving on to Lake Square Mall, Lenox Square, and Anderson Mall. During his time at these different malls, he was successfully involved with leasing efforts, capital projects and participated in multiple signature events held at the properties. In these positions, he was also able to experience all facets of property management in large volume, high traffic shopping centers.

Throughout his career Welch has been strongly dedicated to serving our country. He served as an infantryman for six years, while also pursuing an education at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis. He served in the Army National Guard as a cadet and team leader in an infantry unit, where he earned an airborne paratrooper badge. He looks forward to serving the Anchorage community.

Raquel Edelen
Seat 8: Downtown Business

Born and raised in Alaska, Raquel started working at the Hotel Captain Cook in 2001 as the HR Director. In 2005, Raquel was made the Assistant Director of Operations and then promoted to Director of Operations the following year. In 2009, Raquel was promoted to Vice President of Operations for the Hotel Captain Cook.

As a volunteer in the community, Raquel has served as President of Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, Inc. (AWAIC) since 2011. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC); is a member of Anchorage East Rotary since 2006, a five-time Paul Harris Fellow, and Rotarian of the Year; and Board member of VisitAnchorage since 2008, serving as Secretary in 2012, a member of the Executive Committee, and chair of the Big Wild Life committee.

VisitAnchorage awarded Raquel with the “All Alaskan Award” in 2011. Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. (ADP) awarded Raquel the “George M. Sullivan Award” in 2011. And the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association (AkHLA) recognized Raquel with a “Stars of the Industry Hospitality Achievement Award” in 2011; the “Human Resources Award” in 2002; and the “Community Service Award” in 2011.

Chris Linn
Seat 9:


James Dougherty
Seat 10: Downtown Business

ames was born and raised in Anchorage, and is a graduate of Bartlett High School. After receiving his degree in Architecture cum laude from Montana State University, he returned to Alaska to begin his long-term design goal of raising the standard of the built environment for the state he calls home. After his internship with a variety of architecture and construction firms, he joined Larry Cash in what would eventually become RIM Architects. He was invited to become a partner in the firm that has grown to be Alaska’s largest and most influential. After spearheading a string of award-winning architecture for projects around the state, he began to shift to the full-time running of the business at RIM. In 2007 he began his transition to the managing partner of RIM Architects, Alaska and has ushered in a new era of environmentally sustainable design practices both here and throughout the Pacific RIM where the RIM family of companies does business. James is a tireless advocate for quality northern-building design. He has long been a member of the Anchorage Urban Design Commission, currently serving as its chairman. He also serves on the Biathlon committee of the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage, the Anchorage Public Art Advisory committee, and the Kincaid Project Group. He has lectured on high performance, environmentally focused design, and Alaska regionalism for the American institute of Architects, the University of Alaska and the US Green Building Council.

Gideon Garcia – President
Seat 11: Downtown Business

Gideon Garcia is the Chief Operating Officer of CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation (CATC). CATC’s offices are located downtown on 4th Avenue, accessible to visitors seeking their gateway to Alaskan adventures. Gideon has been involved with the Alaska visitor industry for over 20 years, starting as a motor coach driver/guide with Holland America Line. He now drives a desk, but still enjoys sharing Alaska with guests from around the world.

As a representative of the visitor industry, Gideon has a strong interest in a safe, welcoming downtown Anchorage. He believes a memorable downtown experience for the thousands of tour guests visiting every year is a benefit to all downtown stakeholders and Anchorage residents.

Katherine Jernstrom
Seat 12: Downtown Business


Martin Perry
Seat 14: Downtown Business


Jim Kubitz
Seat 16: At Large

Jim Kubitz joined the Alaska Railroad Corporation in 1998 as Director of Project Planning and moved to VP of Real Estate six months later. A 45 year resident of Anchorage, he served on the Anchorage Municipal Assembly from 1986-1993. A graduate of Willamette University with a BA in Economics, he owned and operated a general contracting company, Kubitz Construction for 15 years. More recently, he owned Kubitz & Co. a commercial real brokerage firm in Anchorage. He still holds a Broker’s License in the State of Alaska. He has served on the Alaska Tourism Marketing Council, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.

Sue Linford – Treasurer & Finance Chair
Seat 17: At Large

For 35 years Sue Linford has been at the helm of Linford of Alaska, a wholesale food distributor based in Anchorage. She’s been honored again and again for her professional and public service, including an honorary doctorate from Alaska Pacific University. LInford of Alaska has been recognized multiple times as a “Top Women-Owned Business” by Alaska Business Monthly. Sue currently serves on the ADP Board and on the ADP Finance Committee.

Steve Czajkowski
Seat 19:


Thomas Deakins
Seat 19:


Cyrus Aldeman
Seat 20:


Steve Ribuffo – Marketing Chair
Seat 21: Other

Steve Ribuffo is the Port Director at Municipality of Anchorage, overseeing logistics and supply chain operations. Steve is a 30-year veteran and retiree of the United States Air Force. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, Golden Gate University and Manhattan College.

Silvia Villamides
Seat 22:

Silvia is the Executive Director of Alaska Hospitality Retailers representing over 230 members. She also serves as the Administrator for the Anchorage Responsible Retailers Association, whose mission is solutions for a cleaner, safer city, basic amenities & safety for visitors who choose camping while enjoying the great land experience, with compassionate outreach for the homeless. And Silvia is the Executive Director of the Anchorage Hospitality Foundation, a new community partner that works with other non profit organizations in the planning of a comprehensive system of substance abuse services.

Ex-Officio Members

Bruce Bustamante

Brian Borguno

Alison Kear

Bill Popp

Julie Saupe

Chris Schutte

Invited Elected Officials

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz

Assemblyman Chris Constant