Arctic 101 Panel Speakers

Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell (Moderator)
Mead Treadwell was elected as Alaska’s lieutenant governor in November 2010. He is committed to helping Governor Sean Parnell strengthen Alaska’s economy by filling the TransAlaska Pipeline, facilitating a gas pipeline, bringing affordable energy to Alaskans and standing up to the federal government to ensure access to our natural resources. On a national level, he has been influential in bringing about a national missile defense system, in shaping U.S. Arctic policy and in establishing circumpolar cooperation. A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School, Treadwell brings a record of private and public sector success to his job as lieutenant governor. Lt. Governor Treadwell is recognized as one of the world’s Arctic policy experts. Treadwell was appointed to the United States Arctic Research Commission by President George W. Bush in 2001 and designated by the president as the commission’s chair in 2006. Under his leadership, a new United States Arctic policy was developed and adopted by President Bush and is now being implemented by the current administration. Other public sector contributions include serving as the city of Cordova’s director of oil spill response during the Exxon Valdez oil spill crisis; working to launch the Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute, the Prince William Sound Science Center and the Regional Citizens Advisory Council; and serving Governor Wally Hickel’s Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Environmental Conservation, where he helped to develop Alaska’s oil spill regulations and established the environmental crime unit for the state. As a private entrepreneur and investor, he has helped launch a series of technology, manufacturing and service companies including two publicly listed firms, and he was a founding member of the Yukon Pacific Corporation, which started the Alaska gas pipeline project. With his late wife Carol, he has three children. In her memory, he served as president of the Millennium Society, an international charity which raises scholarship funds and has established a series of scholarships in science education for young people in Alaska.

Drue Pearce
Drue Pearce joined Crowell & Moring in 2010 as a Senior Policy Advisor with their Environment, Energy and Resources and Public Policy Groups. Ms. Pearce brings a wealth of experience on energy, environment, economic security and natural resources issues in North America, and specifically in Alaska and Canada. She divides her time between the Alaska and D.C. Crowell offices. Pearce served in the Alaska State Legislature for 17 years, presiding as Senate President for two terms. She left the Legislature to serve as Senior Advisor to Secretaries Gale Norton and Dirk Kempthorne at the Department of the Interior. In 2006, she was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by Congress as the first Federal Coordinator in the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, an independent federal agency created by Congress in 2004. Governor Sean Parnell has appointed her to the Boards of both the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation and the Alaska Aerospace Corporation.  She serves as Vice-Chair of both boards.  She also serves on the Board of the Marine Exchange Alaska and is the Chairman of the Board of the Institute of the North. Pearce is a graduate of Indiana University, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and The Executive Program at the UVA Darden School of Business.

Lori Davey
Lori Davey is a life-long Alaskan, originally from Tok. Davey is the General Manager at Fairweather LLC. Fairweather LLC offers services to mining, oil and gas industries including medical, aviation, expediting, weather forecasting, and logistics. Davey graduated from University Alaska Anchorage in 1992 with a Bachelors of Science degree in business and in 1998 she earned an MBA. Davey was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 award by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Journal of Commerce for 2009. Davey serves as a representative on the Arctic Economic Council and as a trustee on the Alaska Nature Conservancy. Davey is married to Trent, who is a Captain for Alaska Airline and they have a son, Grayson.


Thomas Mack
Thomas Mack was raised in King Cove, which is located on the tip of the Alaska Peninsula. He is a shareholder of the Aleut Corporation and King Cove Corporation. After graduating high school, Mr. Mack attended the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of Alaska-Anchorage where he acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Education.  During his high school and undergraduate years, he spent the summer month’s commercial salmon fishing on his father’s boat.  Mr. Mack taught in the Anchorage School District for just less than 10 years.  While teaching, Mr. Mack received a Master’s of Science degree from Western Oregon University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Alaska Pacific University and has completed two Executive Education Programs in Leadership at Stanford University; one at the University of Chicago Booth and one at Harvard University. Mr. Mack was a Top 40 Under 40 recipient in 2009 in Alaska. Currently Mr. Mack is the President of The Aleut Corporation.  He took office in February 2006 and is a key member of The Aleut Corporation’s Executive Management team overseeing the corporation and its eight subsidiary companies. He actively promotes Aleut’s positions on culture, education and economic development issues. He conveys policy recommendations to government and community leaders on Aleut-related legislation and policy issues. He also served as the Interim CEO of The Aleut Corporation in 2010. Mr. Mack is on the Board of Directors for the Resource Development Council for Alaska, Alaska Federation of Natives, the Boys and Girls Clubs Alaska, the Sec./Treas. for the ANCSA Regional Association, and the Chair for the Aleutian Financial, Inc. (An Alaska CDFI). When he’s not working, Mr. Mack enjoys traveling, including attending the World Cup every four years.


Gail Schubert
Gail Anagick Schubert (Inupiaq) is the President and CEO of Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC), an Alaska Native regional corporation that was established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. BSNC serves the federal government and commercial customers throughout the Bering Strait region, the State of Alaska, the United States and the world, and is owned by more than 7,100 Alaska Native shareholders. Gail is known for her service to the Alaska Native community. She is Chair of the Alaska Native Justice Center, Vice Chair of the ANCSA Regional Association, Vice Chair of Akeela Treatment Services, and Treasurer of the Alaska Federation of Natives. Gail also serves as Chair of the Alaska Retirement Management Board, which has fiduciary oversight of the assets of the State Of Alaska’s retirement systems. Gail is an ATHENA society member, YWCA Woman of Achievement awardee and a 2014 recipient of the Northwest Indian Bar Association’s Unsung Hero Award. Prior to joining BSNC in 2003, Gail practiced law in Anchorage for more than a decade after starting her career on Wall Street, including at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Gail was born in Unalakleet, Alaska to Betty Anagick and the late Lowell Anagick Sr. She earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cornell University's Johnson School of Management with an emphasis in accounting and finance, and a Juris Doctorate from the Cornell University School of Law.  She is admitted to practice law in Alaska and New York.


Tara Sweeney
Tara Sweeney is the executive vice president of External Affairs for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), and is responsible for all facets of the company’s government relations and communications. ASRC is the largest locally-owned and operated business in Alaska, with revenues in excess of $2.5 billion, with more than 11,000 shareholders and 10,000 employees worldwide. Sweeney has been actively engaged as an advocate for self-determination for Alaska Natives and enjoys mentoring young Alaska Natives interested in becoming politically active. Sweeney grew up in rural Alaska. While her family roots are in the Arctic Slope Region, she also lived in Noorvik, Unalakleet and Bethel. She graduated from Barrow High School in 1991 before leaving Alaska to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  Sweeney graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. She was honored in 2008 as a “Top 40 Under 40″ business leader by the Alaska Journal of Commerce and has served on numerous business and nonprofit boards, including the board of directors for the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) since 2007. She also serves on the executive committee of the Arctic Economic Council as vice-chair. Sweeney lives in Anchorage with her husband and two children.