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Commissioner Cora Campbell

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Cora Campbell is Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, appointed by Governor Parnell on December 22, 2010. Prior to this appointment, she served as a policy advisor for wildlife, environmental conservation, natural resources, Arctic issues, climate change, and fisheries in her role as Special Assistant to Governor Sean Parnell.

Campbell has served two governors, first appointed in May 2007 as Governor Palin’s Fisheries Policy Advisor. Her responsibilities included oversight of state fisheries policies, chairing the Fisheries and Oceans subcabinets, serving on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Board of Directors, and coordinating activities of multiple state departments involved in regulation and development of the state's fisheries.

Campbell has been working in the fishing industry since the early 1990s. She has fished commercially for salmon, herring, and crab, and managed shore operations for a diversified fishing business. She has worked in state and federal fishery and regulatory forums, served as executive director of a regional fishing association with an emphasis on economic development and cooperative research, supervised a public outreach program focusing on the federal subsistence process, and served on numerous boards and committees, including the advisory panels to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the North Pacific Research Board.

As Commissioner, Campbell represents the State of Alaska on numerous bodies, including the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which oversees commercial and sport fisheries in federal waters off Alaska, and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, which addresses effects and recovery from the 1989 oil spill.

Cora Campbell is a lifelong Alaskan, sport fishing and outdoor enthusiast, and advocate for sustaining Alaska’s world-class fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing opportunities. She is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, and lives in Anchorage with her husband and two children.