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Alaska Geographic Welcomes A New Executive Director!

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Alaska Geographic is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Elfman Bell as  Executive Director.  She begins her new role January 2, 2013. 

 “We are looking forward to having Barbara lead our Association” said Andy Hall, Chair of Alaska Geographic’s Board of Directors.  “After an extensive national search, it was very clear that Barbara’s expertise and passion for Alaska’s parks, forests and refuges coupled with her strategic and innovative leadership experience made her our candidate of choice as we enter the next phase of Alaska Geographic’s growth.” 

Ms. Bell holds a Master of Business Administration degree, earned from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Bell’s professional experience includes highly successful leadership roles in national and international organizations.  She was the Human Resources Manager for The Pew Charitable Trusts, Director of Human Resources for The Glenmede Trust Company, and for 12 years was Director of Human Resources for Eastern National, which is the largest cooperating association in the United States.  She is currently serving as Executive Director of the highly-respected, 100-year old law firm, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, in Philadelphia, PA. She knows the public lands community, having served as Chair of the Education Committee for the Association of Partners for Public Lands. 

Ms. Bell and Nick, her husband of 27 years, are avid hikers and love the outdoors.  Ms. Bell has visited more than one hundred national parks and other public lands, and understands in a heart-felt way how these precious resources sustain and nourish the people who live in and visit the great state of Alaska. 

“Barbara comes to Alaska Geographic with strong executive skills, an impressive knowledge of cooperative associations, and a sincere passion for our mission. She brings with her extensive experience in building collaboration between public and agency partners, business development, fundraising, training design and implementation, strategic and financial management,” said Hall.

“I look forward to working with the staff, board of directors and agency partners to create an exciting new chapter in Alaska Geographic’s development,” said Ms. Bell.

Added on 11/29/2012

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