Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission Fran Ulmer is the Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. She recently retired as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage.
In June 2010 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The commission was charged with investigating the causes of the explosion and oil spill, and recommending changes to prevent future disasters from occurring.
Prior to her appointment to the commission, Ms. Ulmer was a member of the Aspen Institute's Commission on Arctic Climate Change and held Board positions with the Alaska Nature Conservancy, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Prior to being appointed Chancellor in 2007, Ms. Ulmer was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska.
As Director of Policy Development for the State of Alaska, Ms. Ulmer managed multiple Programs and served as the first co-Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council. At the national level, Ms. Ulmer served for more than 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission; as a member of the Federal Communications Commission's State and Local Advisory Committee and the Federal Elections Commission's State Advisory Committee and co-chaired the National Academies of Science’s Committee on State Voter Registration Databases. Ms. Ulmer earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.
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