joined United Way of Anchorage 14 years ago because she wanted to improve our community by taking on some of the toughest problems we face. Under her leadership, United Way has helped to increase graduation rates, improve access to health care for many in our city, and provide tax prep assistance that has brought millions of dollars in refunds over the past 17 years to families who desperately need the money. In her 14 years as the president, Michele Brown has helped advance United Way of Anchorage as a community development organization dedicated to building the community activism, aligned services, and policies that achieve measurable change. This has led to improvement in high school graduation rates, family financial stability, and access to health care.
From the early beginnings of Anti-Violence and Youth Substance Abuse work, that led into Anchorage United for Youth, that became the 90% by 2020 Partnership increasing graduation rates to 80%; to launching Alaska 2-1-1 and Anchorage Project Access to ensure our residents have the support they need, Michele’s vision has been clear – bring the community together and we can significantly impact complex social issues.
Michele has a J.D. from U.C. Davis and a BA in philosophy and humanities from U.C. Berkeley. Her background includes serving as the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservations under former Governor Tony Knowles, and working to develop community health, environmentally sound, economic development and democracy-building programs in Russia at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
(Bill B-ah-o) is the Vice President, Commercial Ventures, which includes Alaska LNG, Midstream and BP-owned assets operated by others for BP Alaska.
This is Damian’s fourth assignment with BP in Alaska; he began his nearly 20-year oil and gas career with BP’s North America Gas Performance Unit in Houston in 1998. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of economics, planning, performance management and business development with BP, in Houston, Moscow, Jakarta and Anchorage.
Damian earned his undergrad in economics and a Juris Doctorate from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He also earned an MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
He is active in the Anchorage community and is the co-chair of the 90% by 2020 community effort.
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 work force 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.