Lisa Eyler Takes Helm of AKWorld as President and CEO

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March 01, 2023

The Executive Board of the Alaska World Affairs Council (AKWorld) welcomes Lisa Eyler – its new President and CEO. She succeeds Lise Kristiansen, who dynamically led AKWorld for 16 years. The Alaska World Affairs Council is dedicated to “bringing the world to Alaska,” stimulating interest in world affairs and inspiring its members to be involved in world events.

Lisa Eyler brings over 20 years of executive leadership in nonprofit, natural resources and cross-cultural communications fields. She served as Alaska Program Director of the Conservation Lands Foundation, Senior Project Manager of Environmental Resources Management and Executive Director of The Great Land Trust, Inc. Lisa works with Alaskan villages, Latin America and Arctic nations focusing much of her career on partnering diverse organizations and individuals toward a common purpose. 

She holds a JD from the University of Oregon Law School and has consulted for nonprofits, industry and governmental entities. Lisa’s extensive cross-cultural community involvement puts her in an ideal position to advance AKWorld’s mission and vision.  She is dedicated to ensuring AKWorld’s educational programming continues to engage our community as world events shape Alaska and Alaskans shape world events. As Lisa says, “We’re a non-partisan organization that is passionate in pursuit of our mission to help Alaskans understand that we are a global crossroads, not a distant periphery.”

Her dedication to the AKWorld mission to advance international understanding and engagement is shown through her 14 years of service as a volunteer, member and a AKWorld Board Member. 

During her free time, you can find Lisa exploring Alaska’s wild places with her kids and dogs.

The AKWorld Executive Board extends its deepest gratitude to Lise Kristiansen for her years of leadership and service and wishes her well in all her future endeavors.