Statewide Advisory Board

AYEA is supported and led by a Statewide Advisory Board we affectionately call “SWAG”. SWAG is always a fun group of dynamic, committed youth leaders, graduates and mentors. See below for current members.

Amanda Huff, Fairbanks (AYEA Graduate/Adult Mentor)

Amanda Huff graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage in 2003. She attended the University of Alaska Southeast and the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying Business. She currently works at the Fairbanks Public Library in the processing department. Amanda and her husband own Alaska Universal Productions, a local audio/visual company. During her spare time she enjoys being outside and ballroom/Latin dancing with friends and family. She is excited to be involved with such an energetic and world-changing group like AYEA!

Jedediah Smith, Anchorage (Adult Mentor)

Jed was born in the high deserts of New Mexico and to Alaska in 2001. He worked as a journalist for five years, in Seward, Valdez and Dillingham. In 2006, he to Fairbanks to attend classes in the Northern Studies program. In 2009 he completed his master’s thesis on the role of watershed partnerships in Alaska’s freshwater management. He is a bicycle commuter and enjoys running, hiking, and skinning the backcountry of South Central Alaska in search of tele turns. After working for Alaska Center for the Environment for several years, he now works for the State of Alaska in the Department of Natural Resources. Before joining SWAG, Jed had been volunteering with AYEA as an Adult Mentor for the Anchorage chapter and as an Adult Trainer for the 2011 Civics & Conservation Summit.

David Theriault, Anchorage (Adult Mentor)

Dave to Alaska in 2008 and has participated in the AYEA Civics and Conservation Summit since 2011. He has worked in the state capitol as a legislative aide and enjoys sharing his perspective from working in the capitol building with the AYEA youth. Outside of work he runs mountain trails, enjoys playing and watching live bluegrass, and catches wild, healthy Alaskan salmon each summer.

Griffin Plush, Anchorage (AYEA Graduate/Adult Mentor)

A recent graduate from Seward High School, Griffin will attend the University of Alaska Southeast in the fall to study Geography/Environmental Studies. He is currently an AYEA SWAG member and an ACE Board Member. While acting as a youth organizer and peer trainer for AYEA, he helped other teenagers advocate for environmental issues ranging from local foods to climate change.In his community he has spoken out against local environmental concerns like the Seward Coal Transfer Terminal’s misconduct and a invasive proposed asphalt plant. He also organized in the recent election as the head campaign intern for the Alaska Democratic Party in Seward. During the summer, Griffin works as an interpretive guide at Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, educating visitors from across the country on the impacts of climate change in Alaska.

For more information about AYEA, or SWAG, contact:

Allison Barnwell
Youth Organizing Coordinator
(907) 274-3640
allison@akcenter.org