The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) on Nov. 28 announced the appointment of Kristy Clement as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Clement currently serves as chair of the Afognak Native Corporation Board of Directors.
Clement, who was raised in the Village of Port Lions on Kodiak Island, holds a bachelor’s in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University and a master’s degree from the University of Washington.
“I am thrilled to join an organization that plays a crucial role in shaping the future of Alaska’s economy,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to collaborating with the AFDF board and staff to ensure that Alaska’s blue economy is well positioned for future growth.”
“My goal,” she continued, “is to create lasting value for all stakeholders through innovative strategies.”
The Afognak Native Corporation, established under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) in Kodiak, Alaska, serves as an Alaska Native Corporation. With the corporation, Clement has been involved in developing and executing strategies aimed at ensuring a sustainable future for the corporation’s shareholders and the broader Alaska Native community.
“We are very excited to welcome Kristy Clement as AFDF’s Chief Executive Officer,” AFDF President Markos Scheer said in a statement. “Kristy brings adept leadership and strategic planning skills, which are essential to AFDF continuing as a leader in Alaska’s seafood industry.”
“As AFDF enters its fifth decade of supporting and building Alaska’s blue economy,” Scheer added, “Kristy’s vision will guide AFDF into the future.”