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April 17, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – First Alaskans Institute (FAI), a statewide Native non-profit, is pleased to announce the hiring of Colin Tass’aq Atauciq McDonald (Yup’ik) for the Sustainability Assistant position. Colin was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska.

“We are excited to welcome Colin to FAI,” said Liz Medicine Crow, President/CEO. “With a strong background in rural development and unwavering commitment to serving our Native peoples, Colin is a great addition to our team, and we look forward to all that we’ll accomplish together.”

Colin’s parents are Beverly Hoffman from Bethel and John McDonald, originally from San Francisco. He spent his youth on the Kuskokwim River with his family fishing, hunting, and camping. “I couldn’t imagine a better place to grow up,” said Colin, “I would like for future generations to be able to experience rural life the way I did.” After graduating from Bethel Regional High School, Colin attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Rural Development with an emphasis in Rural Community Business & Economic Development. He moved back to Bethel after college and then to Anchorage in 2010.

As the Sustainability Assistant, Colin will work closely with the Sustainability Director and President/CEO of FAI to promote the long-term sustainability of the organization. The Sustainability team supports the financial stability of FAI through ongoing implementation of a values-based approach to donor stewardship and strategies, giving programs, grantsmanship, and through the planning of meaningful events and opportunities to foster the advancement of our vision and mission in service to our Native peoples.

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 About First Alaskans Institute

First Alaskans Institute works to advance Alaska Native peoples through community engagement, information and research, and leadership development.

Our Vision:     Progress for the next ten thousand years…

Our Mission:   True to identity, heritage, and values, Alaska Natives are informed and engaged in leading the decisions that shape the future.

Our Values:    Integrity, Respect, Native Knowledge, Responsibility

To learn more about First Alaskans Institute, visit www.firstalaskans.org.