Meet CIRI’s New Board Chair

Doug Fifer

Following the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on June 1, the CIRI Board of Directors elected Douglas W. Fifer (Tlingit) as Board chair.

Doug, whose family hails from Southeast Alaska, resides in Anchorage and works as a police officer. He has served on the CIRI Board since 2006 and as vice chair since 2013. He also serves on the Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) board of directors and as chair of CITC’s finance/audit committee.

“It has been an honor to work with my fellow Directors, shareholders and CIRI management in continuing to build a long-standing, profitable company that can withstand challenges and seize opportunities,” Doug said. “As the newly elected Board chair, I am committed to working together to create a prosperous future for our region, our people and our company.”

Doug is deeply involved with his community, having served as a mentor with Boys and Girls Clubs of America and a volunteer child counselor with Volunteers of America Alaska. He is a recipient of Anchorage Downtown Partnership’s “Best Neighbor Award” (2002); has twice received the Municipality of Anchorage’s “Civic Achievement” Award (2000 and 2003); and is a three-time recipient of Anchorage Rotary Club’s “Public Safety Employee Recognition” Award (2000, 2003 and 2005). In 2009, he was selected as one of Alaska’s “Top 40 Under 40” by the Alaska Journal of Commerce. Doug and his wife, Kim, have four children: Brandon, 30; Brianna, 25; Devyn, 22; and Jordan, 17.

“We are pleased to welcome Doug as CIRI’s new Board chair,” said CIRI President and CEO Sophie Minich. “His hard work, dedication and respect for others has made him a valuable member of our Board for the last 13 years.”

“Doug is a committed public servant who has played an integral role in building and maintaining a cohesive, high-performing Board of Directors,” said Chair Emeritus Tom Huhndorf. “He will make an excellent Board chair and we welcome him to this new role. It is important that the Board of Directors strives to renew itself so it doesn’t fall into a routine and become stale. It is in this spirit that we look to new leaders to inject new energy so we remain at the top of our game.”

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