As CIRI’s president, Sarah Lukin focuses on the day-to-day operations of the company and ensures CIRI’s diverse Alaska Native cultures, programs and values remain at the forefront of the company. Previously serving as CIRI’s chief strategy officer for more than two years, Sarah plays a key role in identifying long- and short-term strategies and provides strategic leadership in a range of functions for the company. Sarah has over 20 years of experience working with indigenous businesses across the U.S. and Canada, including her previous roles as senior vice president and chief administration officer for NANA Regional Corporation, chief operating officer for Pt Capital, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Afognak Native Corporation and executive director of the Native American Contractors Association.
Sarah is Alutiiq from Port Lions, a remote village on Kodiak Island. She is a shareholder of Koniag, Inc. and Afognak Native Corporation and an enrolled tribal member of the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions.
Sarah holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alaska and is a graduate of Alaska Pacific University’s Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program. She is a recipient of Alaska Top Forty Under 40 (2008), Native American 40 Under 40 (2009), Marshall Memorial Fellowship for transatlantic leadership (2013), YWCA Women of Achievement (2022), and is a 2023 ATHENA Society inductee. Sarah serves on the U.S. Government Accountability Office Tribal Advisory Council and Alaska Federation of Natives Board. She previously served on the Native Village of Afognak Tribal Council and the Boards of Afognak Native Corporation, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Native American Contractors Association, and the Alutiiq Museum.