Pat Pourchot has served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior for Alaska Affairs since May, 2009. Since arriving in Alaska in 1972 Pat has held a variety of positions in federal and state government, non-profits, and the private sector.
His public service includes serving in the Alaska State Legislature in both the House and the Senate from 1985-1993 where he co-chaired the Senate Finance Committee among other positions. From 1995-2000 he was Legislative Director for Governor Tony Knowles and then Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources from 2000-2002.
Pat's non-profit experience includes serving as Executive Director of Commonwealth North and the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and Policy Director for Audubon Alaska. He also was a land manager for the Alaska Federation of Natives and for NANA, the northwest regional Native corporation.
Pat holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.