Introduction to Summer Staff!
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The best part about the interim is being home to reconnect with my constituents, and to listen to what matters to them. I make it a priority to be out in the community as much as possible and this summer I’ve had the opportunity to employ the skills of a few diverse and talented individuals from around town.
After working during one of Alaska’s most historic sessions, my finance aide, Kyle Campbell, left to pursue his passion in education and wildlife biology. It is my hope that he left the legislature with a new outlook and more knowledge about the inner workings of our state, and how this job can make a difference for so many people.
Grant Ackerman, Rep. Guttenberg’s summer hire.
To fill Kyle’s place I hired Grant Ackerman, a lifelong Fairbanksan who returned home this summer from Carleton College in Minnesota, where he has been studying International Relations. Grant comes from a long line of leadership. His grandmother, former FNSB mayor, Juanita Helms, instilled in him a strong understanding of our community. Juanita shared her passion for public service with Grant, and he has since interned for Senator Lisa Murkowski and volunteered for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
His time in the office was spent working on research for Single Payer Health Care and Broadband legislation.
Emma Ranft, a senior at West Valley, who recently returned to Fairbanks after a year of studying abroad in Europe, spent a week in the office working on constituent outreach. Recently she attended the Alaska Teen Leadership Summit at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is currently considering her post-secondary path.
Anne Biberman, who is currently The Fairbanks Concert Association’s Executive Director, also spent a week working with the office. One of the most important functions of the arts is bringing people together. With divisiveness, and racial and political conflict on the rise, the arts are an increasingly important tool in support of diversity, understanding different cultures, and breaking down the walls that separate communities. It was a pleasure to work with Anne to brainstorm ways we can continue to support the arts in this current fiscal environment.
Anne Biberman with Fairbanks Concert Association guest artists, The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Grant, Emma and Anne brought with them unique perspectives of our community and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with them. I hope they learned as much from me as I did from them, and I look forward to watching the great things they accomplish in the future.
Silvan Schuttner, New Finance Aide
Next week our office will be welcoming Silvan Schuttner as the new permanent hire for finance staff. Silvan was born and raised in Fairbanks, and grew up in Goldstream. While working as a carpenter, he earned a bachelors in political science from UAF. He was recently accepted into law school at UC Davis in Sacramento, but chose to defer his education to work for the Alaska Legislature. We are excited to have Silvan join the team and look forward to working with him!
I look forward to hearing from you,