CIRI Foundation president appointed to regional education commission

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Susan Anderson to the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education on July 20. Anderson is a CIRI shareholder and the president and chief executive officer of The CIRI Foundation.

The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education develops and disseminates information for higher education planning and provides access and opportunity for students to share in higher education resources in 15 western U.S. states. The commission carries out student exchange programs, regional initiatives and events and research and policy work. The commission was created in 1953 and is located in Boulder, Colo.

In addition to her work with The CIRI Foundation, Anderson is the co-chair of the ANCSA Education Consortium and the chair of Best Beginnings, and she serves on the board of the Friends of the Alaska Children’s Trust. Anderson served as a contractor for the Sealaska Heritage Foundation and Kake Tribal Corp. In addition, she was a member of the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Alaska Natural History Association. Anderson also serves on the United Way of Anchorage board of directors and is a trustee for the University of Alaska Foundation.

The CIRI Foundation is a CIRI-affiliated nonprofit organization that encourages the education and career development of Alaska Natives by providing scholarships and grants for post-secondary education. Learn more about the foundation at