CIRI director joins ranks of top Alaska professionals

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce selected CIRI director Doug Fifer as one of its 2009 “Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40” award recipients. The awards program recognizes Alaska’s top professionals under the age of 40. Fifer and the other 2009 recipients received their awards at a luncheon at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center on Jan. 16.

Fifer, 37, was elected to the CIRI Board of Directors in 2006. He has been a police officer with the Anchorage Police Department since 1996 and is a union representative of the Anchorage Police Department Employee Association. Fifer and his wife, Kim, recently opened their own business, WineStyles, in South Anchorage.

Fifer has earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Wayland Baptist University. Fifer’s future plans include finishing his career in law enforcement and becoming more involved in local government.

Fifer is deeply committed to the role of nonprofit organizations in promoting the welfare of Alaska, currently serving on the board of directors of Cook Inlet Tribal Council. He also serves as a volunteer child counselor with Volunteers of America and a volunteer youth mentor with Cook Inlet Tribal Council, and is involved with Alaska Shriner’s and Camp Hope. Fifer holds charitable wine-tasting events through WineStyles, donating all proceeds to charity.

“I believe that many of our nonprofit organizations face difficult times ahead,” said Fifer. “As a community, it is essential that we support these charitable organizations. They do incredible work and provide substantive services. As a business owner, I will continue my commitment to our many nonprofits.”

Fifer is Tlingit, and was born in Homer, Alaska, and raised in Anchorage. He and his wife, Kimberly, have four children, Brandon, Devyn, Brianna and Jordan.