Eleanor first came to Alaska in1988 as a student with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Like so many others, she quickly fell in love with the state and decided to call it home. As an instructor with NOLS, she had the privilege of sharing Alaska’s remarkable landscapes and vibrant cultures with people from around the world. The opportunity to experience Alaska’s rich history and listen to Alaskans’ stories instilled in Eleanor a deep commitment to collaboration and service.
For over 25 years, Eleanor has worked in leadership positions within Alaska’s nonprofit sector. She comes to ACF from the Pew Charitable Trusts where she spent the last eleven years focused on local grantmaking and equitable community engagement. She worked extensively with Indigenous Peoples, industry, and governments to influence policies affecting the environment, food security, and well-being of Arctic residents. Eleanor served on the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Committee and Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Public Advisory Group, among other nonprofit boards.
As the VP of Programs & Grants at ACF, Eleanor is honored to help connect people, organizations, and causes to strengthen our communities. She is inspired daily by both the thoughtfulness that donors exhibit in their gifts and the amazing passion and dedication that nonprofits show in supporting Alaskans. “Together we can celebrate the spirit of our communities and endeavor to build a better place for the next generation.”