The 2017 Board of Directors includes the following members of the downtown community:
Marcia Chambers – Secretary
Seat 1: Property Owner
Marcia is co-owner of Chambers-Petros Property Management, 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 40 years, Clai has an active interest in helping Anchorage and Alaska grow. As Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, from 2006 to 2015, he worked hard to use his experience in residential, multifamily, and mixed use buildings and energy efficiency/sustainability 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, 650 multifamily units and condos, numerous commercial properties, and remodeled more than 3500 Anchorage area buildings. He looks forward to more sustainable and energy efficient construction. He is a registered architect, a licensed general contractor, an expert witness, a building code consultant, and 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.
Seat 3: Property Owner
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Seat 4: Property Owner
Dubbed the “Bipolar CEO” by Inc. Magazine, Duncan Harrison has real estate in Alaska and a business in Hawaii — and divides his existence in half, between the two. Duncan owns and operates Aloha Automotive in Hawaii. Duncan owns properties at 7th & E Street as well as 7th & D Street in downtown Anchorage.
Seat 5: Property Owner
Paul Wackrow is a Community Development Specialist at NeighborWorks Alaska, an Anchorage-based nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life and strengthening neighborhoods throughout Alaska. Through their community engagement programming, NeighborWorks collaborates with local stakeholders to create opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development, and supports ongoing community-driven activities. In this position, Paul works closely with the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness and assists in community planning initiatives throughout Anchorage. In Downtown Anchorage, NeighborWorks owns and operates the historic Loussac-Sogn Building at 429 D Street and The Adelaide at 201 East 9th Avenue. Paul also serves on the Board of the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation.
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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.
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Seat 10: Downtown Business
James 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 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 volunteered his time for boards and commissions, was longtime member and chair of the Anchorage Urban Design Commission, and currently serves on the Anchorage Public Art Advisory committee. He has lectured on high performance, environmentally focused design, and Alaska regionalism for the American institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council and is an adjunct professor at University of Alaska with courses on materials and methods of construction in northern regions.
Gideon Garcia – President
Seat 11: Downtown Business
Gideon Garcia is the General Manager for Northern Air Cargo (NAC). Previously, Gideon was involved with the Alaska visitor industry for over 20 years, based in downtown Anchorage. He has a strong interest in a safe, welcoming downtown Anchorage, as this benefits both guests and residents.
Seat 12: Downtown Business
Katherine Jernstrom is the CEO and cofounder of The Boardroom, a coworking space and entrepreneur hub in Anchorage. She is also managing partner at Alyeska Venture Management, a firm focused on building, funding, and supporting local startups. In late 2015, Katherine cofounded Launch:Alaska, the state’s first compressed, mentor focused accelerator program providing a combination of program support, team mentorship and seed funding and nows serves as the Board Chair. Katherine grew up internationally, she has a BA from the University of Washington, an MPA from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a graduate of Leadership Anchorage, a Pew Charitable Trusts program. She serves on the board of directors for Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Spirit of Youth, the AEDC Live. Work. Play Steering Committee, and is an active Rotarian. At age 30, Katherine was named Top 40 Under 40 by the state-wide Alaska Journal of Commerce.
Seat 14: Downtown Business
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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 57 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.
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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 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.
Invited Elected Officials
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
Assemblyman Chris Constant