A prestigious award that recognizes 40 emerging Alaska Native and American Indian people who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication and made significant contributions in business and/or in their community, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development recently announced its 2018 40 Under 40 Awards. CIRI shareholder Tiffany Tutiakoff (Dena’ina Athabascan and Yup’ik) was among those chosen.
As president and CEO of Northwest Strategies, Inc. (NWS), an Anchorage-based marketing firm, Tiffany is an award-winning communications professional and published author. She started at NWS in 2005 as an intern, ascending the ranks to account coordinator and junior account executive, then account executive to vice president. In 2012, she was named the company’s president, and in 2015, she purchased NWS in its entirety from owners Kristina and Tim Woolston.
In 2013, Tiffany was named one of Alaska’s Top 40 under 40. She is an active member of the nonprofit and Alaska Native arts communities, and serves on the boards for YWCA Alaska, the American Lung Association Alaska and on the steering committee for the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance.
Tiffany’s mother is original CIRI shareholder Gloria Thiele, who hails from Alexander Creek, Alaska. Prior to joining the NWS team, Tiffany worked at the Alaska Federation of Natives and in the communications department at CIRI. Tiffany holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage, with a minor in Alaska Native studies.