Liz Perry, PhD
Elizabeth Perry is Chief Executive Officer of Koniag, Inc., one of 13 regional Native corporations established by Congress in 1971 under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). ANCSA settled the aboriginal land claims of Alaska Native people by conveying land and seed capital to Native for-profit corporations representing various geographic regions of the state. Koniag was incorporated on June 23, 1972, to manage the land and financial assets on behalf of the corporation’s approximately 3,800 Alutiiq shareholders who originated from the Kodiak Archipelago. Koniag’s approach to business has evolved to meet new challenges, expanding opportunities and the needs of its shareholders. The corporation’s investments range from real estate holdings, resource development and business operations that include oversight of over a dozen subsidiaries.
Prior to her position at Koniag, Dr. Perry served as Vice President, Pacific West for SWCA Environmental Consultants, where she oversaw business operations and profit and loss responsibility for 13 offices throughout the western United States and Pacific Islands. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology, and her career is strongly influenced by her work with Native communities - throughout her career Dr. Perry has designed and led projects in collaboration with Tribal leaders and stakeholders across the West, ranging from environmental regulatory compliance, to the satisfaction of Indian Water Rights and Treaty obligations, to the determination of Cultural Affiliation. In recent years, Dr. Perry has focused on government contracting and diverse business lines including construction, transportation, natural resource development, renewable and conventional energy development, and technology.
Dr. Perry Holds a PhD and Master from University of Arizona and Bachelors of Arts from Arizona State University.