Alaska Native youth practice Native sports events in the Alaska Native Heritage event space.

Join us in welcoming Emily Edenshaw as our new Executive Director

Anchorage, Alaska (November 12, 2019) – The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC), a renowned, statewide living cultural center located in Anchorage, Alaska, is pleased to announce the hire of Emily Keneggnarkayaaggaq” Edenshaw (Yup’ik/Iñupiaq) as Executive Director.

As the ANHC Executive Director, Edenshaw will provide sound organizational management and visionary leadership to ensure sustainable ANHC success. With the goal to build and mentor ANHC’s senior management team and Staff, Edenshaw will work closely with the ANHC Board and Staff to implement ANHC’s mission, vision and strategy. Edenshaw will also oversee all ANHC communications, finances, community engagement, management and development. Edenshaw will also promote ANHC through cultural tourism work to both Alaska and the tourism industry.

“The ANHC Board is excited to welcome Keneggnarkayaaggaq to ANHC as our new ED,” said Tabetha Toloff, ANHC Board Chair. “She is an amazingly strong Alaska Native woman who is passionate about our Alaska Native cultures, and has solid business expertise, fundraising and development skills, and is networked throughout the State of Alaska and beyond.”

Originally from Emmonak, Alaska, Emily is the great granddaughter of Axel and Pearlie Johnson, granddaughter of John and Cecilia Sipary, and daughter of John Neeley and Helen Miller. Her Yup’ik name means a person with a beautiful persona, spirit, aura and friend. Emily and her husband Devin have three beautiful sons and two adventurous daughters.

Currently, Edenshaw is a Second year PhD Indigenous Studies student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Edenshaw also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree in Strategic Leadership from Alaska Pacific University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Since graduating with her EMBA, Edenshaw has worked for both public and private sectors the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, First Alaskans Institute, VICE Media, The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, Southcentral Foundation, The Pebble Partnership, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, and Alaska Communications.

“It is truly an honor and privilege to serve my community in this capacity,” said Edenshaw. “I’m so excited and humbled to work alongside the Board and Staff to continue to advance the critical mission of the Alaska Native Heritage Center.”

ANHC is temporarily closed to the public from February 2024 – May 2024 for renovations to ANHC’s facility.