Sophie Minich became CIRI’s president and chief executive officer in January 2013. As CIRI president and CEO, Minich is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s corporate strategies, programs, policies and procedures. She oversees all the company’s business operations and is the primary contact with the company’s stakeholders.
Minich is Athabascan and a CIRI and Doyon shareholder who grew up in Seward, Alaska. She joined CIRI in 1993 and has served as chief operating officer, senior vice president of business development, chief financial officer, vice president of administration and director of accounting.
Minich serves as a trustee of Alaska Regional Hospital and the CIRI Elders’ Settlement Trust. In addition, she serves on the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Business and Public Policy Advisory Board, the Premera Blue Cross Board of Directors, the ANCSA Regional Association Board of Directors, and on the Anchorage Homelessness Leadership Council. Minich is a former director of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and a former director and chair of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp.’s board of directors.
Minich chaired the 2010 United Way of Anchorage community giving campaign. She was inducted into the Anchorage Athena Society in 2008, is a 2011 YWCA Women of Achievement Award recipient and the recipient of the 2013 UAA Alumni of Achievement Award. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage.