ANCHORAGE, AK (December 15, 2023)—Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska announces Katie Marquette was elected as its new board chair during a board of directors meeting held Friday, Dec 8, 2023. Marquette has been on the board of directors since 2021.
“I firmly believe Katie as our new board chair will help us further our mission as we look to the north star of serving our children and families.” said Susan Anderson, Interim CEO. “Moving forward BGCAK is looking to continuously improve. It is about having the ability to anticipate what is happening upstream and what is happening downstream? With Katie’s strategic vision, I’m confident in her ability to guide our organizational canoe in to the future.”
Marquette is a communication manager for Providence Alaska. In this role, she leads the organization’s community relations program and supports Providence marketing and communications efforts across the state. She previously served four years in the administration of Alaska Governor Bill Walker, including as the governor’s press secretary and as communications director for the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services. With more than 13 years’ experience in communications and public policy in Alaska, Marquette is known as an expert in her field. In 2022, she received national recognition from the Public Relations Society of America for Providence Alaska’s communication response during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marquette earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Providence. A lifelong Alaskan who was born and raised in Fairbanks, Marquette enjoys traveling and fishing with her family in the summers.
“It is an honor to serve the Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska as a board member, chair elect, and now as board chair,” Marquette said. “The world-class Club experience offered at each of the 23 locations across Alaska embrace the diversity of our communities to reach our desired outcomes of academic excellence, character and leadership, and healthy life styles. As board chair I will continue the important advocacy work to expand the opportunities available to the 5,000 youth we serve in Alaska.”