Nurr’araaluk Valerie Davidson
President, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Valerie is currently the President of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Formerly she was the President of Alaska Pacific University, as well as the Lt. Governor and the Commissioner for the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. She served as chair of the Tribal Technical Advisory Group to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a member of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services/Tribal Health Medicaid Task Force, the Foraker Group Governance Board, and a member of the Medicaid Commission. Valerie also worked for Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, where she served as executive vice president and as general counsel and as a legislative aide to the state Senate Finance Committee for former state Senator John Binkley. Valerie has served in various roles to advance tribal health and self-governance throughout her career. These include serving as co-lead negotiator for the Alaska Tribal Health Compact, and as a member of the Title V Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. She was also a former president of the Alaska Federation of Natives Youth Council.
Valerie earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in bilingual education from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Juris Doctorate with Certificate in Indian Law from the University of New Mexico School of Law.