With the goal of fighting discrimination in Alaska, the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights serves as the state’s civil rights enforcement and education agency. In April, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy appointed Alice “Debbie” Fullenwider as chair of the commission. She was confirmed unanimously by the Alaska State Legislature in June.
An original CIRI shareholder of Athabascan descent, Fullenwider has an extensive background in serving the Alaska Native community. She is a former director of both CIRI and Cook Inlet Tribal Council and since 1973 has served in a variety of leadership positions on the Eklutna Inc. board of directors, including president and vice president. Additionally, she has served on a number of state commissions, including the Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education and the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission.
Fullenwider’s term began April 10 and will expire March 1, 2023. For more information, visit humanrights.alaska.gov.