Liz Medicine Crow, Tlingit and Haida, was named President/CEO in October 2012, after serving as Director of the Alaska Native Policy Center (Policy Center) since August 2008, and Vice President.
Medicine Crow received her BA from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, and her law degree from Arizona State University College of Law in Tempe, Arizona. She served as Director of the Legal Department at Cheyenne River Housing Authority before moving to Anchorage where she worked as the Policy Analyst & Planner for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, working on behalf of the Alaska Native Health Board.
Medicine Crow is a Tlingit and Haida from Kake. On her Tlingit side she is Raven Kaach.adi, Fresh Water-marked Sockeye Salmon. On her Haida side she is Eagle Tiits Gitee Nei, Hummingbird.
The major theme of her education and work experience has been the continued integration of Native values, life ways, and traditional knowledge into Tribal governments, Tribal organizations, and relationships with other governments and organizations to affect a policy landscape that works with Alaska Natives to improve the lives of Native People.
Medicine Crow grew up in Kake and Juneau, and is a graduate of Juneau Douglas High School. She is a Kake Tribal Corporation shareholder by gifting and a Sealalaska shareholder by both gifting and the new inclusion of after-borns. She was blessed to spend a lot of time with her Naanii (grandmother) Mona Jackson and has been writing her life story in her free time. Medicine Crow also attended the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Kake Camp #10 and the Keex Kwaan Dancers, and though she lives in Anchorage her heart is always at home with her family and people.