Polly Carr, executive Director
(907) 274-3656 | [email protected]
Polly has been working for social change in Alaska for twenty years. She has engaged in all aspects of our work, beginning as a Trailside Discovery Camp educator in 1997, helping teens launch our Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA)program in 1998, and volunteering on our election campaigns. She returned as our Executive Director in 2013 and has been leading our team in actualizing our vision of a just and sustainable Alaska for future generations. She served as Rural Deputy Director for the 2008 Begich Senate campaign and was a Program Officer for The Alaska Conservation Foundation from 2009-2013. She has been recognized with an Alaska Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 award, and the Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management Environmental Excellence award.
Polly has extensive political, fundraising, education, and community organizing experience and is passionate about working with young people, women, and individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the Municipality of Anchorage Climate Action Plan, volunteers with Alaska Women Ascend to elect progressive women from diverse communities, and as a mother of a spirited eight-year-old daughter, she is becoming engaged with efforts to support our public schools. She loves Sriracha, writing poetry, running uphill, and perusing restaurant menus.
Victoria Long-Leather, Operations Director
(907) 274-3669 | [email protected]
Victoria Long-Leather was born and raised in Felixstowe, England. She graduated from Birmingham University with a bachelor’s degree in Law with Criminology. Throughout her studies she had the opportunity to work at a Summer Camp in Minnesota. There, she fell in love with America and grew her passion for outdoor education. Victoria comes from a large family with 3 sisters and 4 brothers and camp became an extension of her family. She strongly believes camp brings community, learning, and play together in a safe environment where children and adults can step out of their comfort zone and be who they want to be. May 2017 Vicki moved to Alaska to step into the Trailside Discovery Director role, since taking on this role Trailside has enhanced its scholarship program, added a new location and streamlined the registration process. Vicki has aspirations to continue to grow the Trailside program and make it accessible to every 4-14 year old in Alaska. .
April Garza, Finance and Human Resources Director
April joined our team in the spring of 2021. As a lifelong resident of Alaska, it really made sense to her to work for an organization that supports her community and upholds her beliefs and ideals as an Alaskan, and as a woman of color. April has done accounting for over twenty years, and began working for nonprofits in the past ten years. She has a good depth of knowledge in lots of different aspects of accounting and finance (and even taught accounting in college). She received her MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Honest, curious, and adventurous, April loves taking time to play with her extended family (four generations living in Southcentral Alaska!) and friends. She likes to get away to different communities throughout the state - including fun weekends in places like Homer, Talkeetna, Girdwood, and Fairbanks each month– to enjoy the beauty of our home. She also likes being out on the water - paddleboarding is her newest favorite thing, something she learned while working at The Alaska Center!
Jenny-Marie Stryker, Political Director
Jenny-Marie Stryker joined The Alaska Center in 2019 after gaining political experience as a campaign consultant. She previously worked with Ship Creek Group and Copper River Group on a dozen Alaskan campaigns including state legislative, independent expenditure, and initiative and issue. She has a wide range of experience including serving as campaign manager, treasurer, finance director, and canvasser.
In addition to consulting, Jenny-Marie has reported on politics and small town life as a journalist for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines, Alaska, and worked as a special projects fellow for the CFO of the Municipality of Anchorage. She holds a BA from Wellesley College with a major in American Studies and a minor in Economics.
Outside of her work, Jenny-Marie likes to appreciate the wild parts of our home by hiking (slowly) and baking rhubarb pies.
Louie Flora, Government Affairs Director
Louie Flora joined the Alaska Center in 2014 after working for over a decade as a staff and committee aide in the AK Legislature. His policy experience includes fisheries, mineral extraction, clean energy generation and transmission, and local citizen participation in the large project permitting process.
Louie lives in Homer and owns and operates a salmon fishing boat in Bristol Bay with his wife and two children.
Chantal de Alcuaz, Development Director
Chantal joined The Alaska Center staff having served as Finance Director for Alyse Galvin for US Congress in 2018. She has also worked in Alaska as a carpenter, baker, tax preparer and parish administrator.
Before moving to Alaska, she served as Executive Director of two nonprofits, primarily serving families experiencing homelessness on the southside of Chicago. She earned a BA and MA from the University of Notre Dame.
Chantal is a dedicated grassroots organizer and human rights activist. When not working for a more just world, she loves growing food, playing the banjo, traveling the globe, and sleeping in a tent as far away from civilization as possible.
Leah Moss, Communications & Creative Director
Leah began working as our Digital Organizer in 2017 and now leads our Communications team. In that time she has expanded our digital reach and helped us build brand cohesion across our programs and campaigns. She has been the driving force behind our visual presence.
Leah comes to us with a background in journalism, UX design, sustainable development, social justice, art, and production. She uses these diverse skills to ensure that The Alaska Center is and continues to be a useful and engaging resource for community partners and Alaskans as a whole.
Leah loves working with community members on food security and sustainability issues and volunteers her time with Mutual Aid Network of Anchorage. She is a board member of the Susitna Bicycle Institute and the Anchorage International Film Festival. In her free time, she loves writing, taking photos, and learning more about the lands we live on through foraging.
Kyla Kosednar, Advocacy Director
Kyla is a lifelong Alaskan and UAA alum. She started volunteering with The Alaska Center in 2015, as a member of the organization’s Volunteer Leadership Committee. Working alongside community organizers, she helped fight the Pebble Mine, the Chuitna Mine, and engage community members during state and local elections. In 2016, she became the Deputy Canvass Director and has knocked on thousands of doors all across the state. She is passionate about giving Alaskans a voice and has spent countless hours talking to community members about the issues they care about. When she isn’t scrolling through social media, she enjoys fishing, hiking, and solving puzzles.
Alyssa Quintyne, Interior Community Organizing Manager
Alyssa has been volunteering with local, statewide, and national organizations and forming those ties to the grassroots communities for over a decade. From that work, she's focused her political and communal outreach to support campaigns in a variety of positions; from Internships to Community Outreach Coordinator. Alyssa graduated from the University of Fairbanks, Alaska, with a degree in Political Science, and now uses her organizing skills and passion to focus on communal advocacy, outreach, education, and empowerment. Since being hired as the Interior Organizer in 2018, Alyssa has expanded her connections and helped support the work of the many diverse communities in and around Fairbanks.
When she's not working, Alyssa can be found showcasing in a First Friday, playing music with her friends, or having some quiet time with the cutest dog in existence.
Jonas Banta, Anchorage Community Organizer
Jonas is a lifelong resident of Anchorage, Alaska, and first found his way into organizing following budget cuts to education in 2012. This led him to work with Great Alaska Schools, volunteer on local campaigns ranging from assembly to congressional, and hold community health as a top priority. After graduating from Pitzer College, he returned home and worked as a Field Organizer for Alyse Galvin for Congress before moving on to be a Community Outreach Organizer with the Mobilization Center. In the Fall of 2021, he joined the Alaska Center as the Anchorage Community Organizer.
Outside of the office, Jonas is often found mountain biking, skiing, fishing, or with a camera in hand. He is a proud Mandan tribal member, and holds a degree in Environmental Science and Indigenous studies.
Su Chon, Development Associate
Su Chon (she/her/hers) is Korean American, born and raised in Dgheyay Kaq' (Anchorage), Alaska on Dena'ina lands. She graduated from Ohio State University and studied Environment and Natural Resources with a focus on Policy. With a deep love and passion for her home, community, and the intersections of justice work, she is excited to bridge her years of political and community organizing into the development/funding world.
Between work, life, and community involvement, you might catch her working on art, attempting to learn too many things, and jamming out to music in the car or while hiking about in the mountains.
Tanner Johnson, Communications Manager
Tanner was born and raised in northern New Mexico, heading west and north before ending up in Alaska in 2015. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in International Relations. It was in Flagstaff that he found mentorship from National Geographic photographer David Edwards, who helped foster a passion for photography and visual storytelling. Tanner brings a background of event coordination, effective data-driven digital marketing, and experience from work with national nuclear research facilities, tech startups, international footwear brands, and community organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Out of the office, Tanner spends as much time as possible biking, camping, fishing, playing fetch with Milo, and dialing in the blueberry rhubarb jam recipe.
Rachel Christensen, Clean Energy Fellow
Growing up in northern Minnesota I gained love and respect for the outdoors at an early age through fishing and hunting with my family. This passion sent me to Michigan Technological University where I studied Wildlife Ecology and Management. During my time in school and the years following I have had the opportunity to work in new landscapes on many amazing field jobs doing anything from bat banding to soil sampling. I have also been fortunate to gain experience in environmental education in both formal classroom settings and informal camp settings. This is what brought me to The Alaska Center originally as Trailside Discovery Center’s Palmer site manager. Since then I have stepped into a new role and am looking forward to using my background in science and education to transition into community outreach and advocacy around clean energy.
In my free time I enjoy any activity outside, knitting, baking, and annoying my dog.