On February 5, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz will discuss the importance of infrastructure investment in Anchorage. The 2018 bond package addresses community needs for public safety, roads, parks, and trails. The Mayor will go over these projects and discuss the 2018 Municipal budget, as well as the fiscal stability of Anchorage. He'll also talk briefly about the proposed sale of Municipal Light & Power.
Dr. Bishop will share information pertaining to the Anchorage School District budget development for FY 2019 and the Spring 2018 bond proposal.
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
has lived in Anchorage since 1990. He and his wife, Dr. Mara Kimmel have two children, Ziva and Noah.
Mayor Berkowitz earned an undergraduate degree studying Government and Economics at Harvard University, where he graduated with honors. He received a Master?s degree from the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University, and a law degree from Hastings College of the Law. After moving to Alaska, he worked as an assistant district attorney before serving for ten years in the Alaska State Legislature, eight as Minority Leader. As a state legislator he supported fiscal responsibility and a more comprehensive and sustainable energy policy. In the private sector, Mayor Berkowitz worked on technology and energy projects, including deployment of fiber optic cables in Alaska and across the Arctic, and a major geothermal project in Northwest Alaska.
Dr. Deena Bishop
’s focus on student achievement and success is backed by her experiences in teaching and educational leadership. As superintendent of the largest school district in the state, she is firmly committed to the ASD’s vision to have every child prepared for the workforce or post-secondary education after high school.
Bishop began her Alaska educational career in 1991 and has proudly served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of the Mat-Su Borough School District before being named ASD’s superintendent in July 2016.
Bishop holds a bachelor’s degree in education with a specialization in bilingual education, a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate in learning assessment and system performance. She was part of the first graduating class for the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendents Certification two-year program.
She is active in several local and civic organizations including the Education Commission of the States, Alaska Superintendents’ Association, 90% by 2020 Partnership, Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River Chambers of Commerce, East Anchorage Rotary, Foraker Group and United Way. She serves on several non-profit boards and enjoys spending time with her family, snow and water skiing, running, and interior painting. Dr. Bishop is married and has two college-age daughters.
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