AVCP Names First Chief Executive Officer

Link: For the first time, a woman leads this big Alaska Native organization. Her grandfather was a founder by Lisa Demer from Alaska Dispatch News

At its annual convention on Saturday, the Association of Village Council Presidents in Alaska announced Vivian Johnson Korthuis as its first Chief Executive Officer after Tribal delegates decided to reorganize AVCP’s leadership structure.  The CEO replaces the President of the non-profit with firing authority vested with an executive board that now has 3-year term limits.  AVCP’s last President resigned in May amid growing concern over financial accountability within the organization.


AVCP is one of the region’s most significant institutions, with a $52 million budget and some 400 employees – about half in villages — running programs in areas that include Head Start, tribal welfare and public safety.

Into the top job steps Korthuis, 52. She grew up in small rural villages and became an Ivy League graduate. She has worked for AVCP for 14 years, most recently as the organization’s vice president of programs, and before that was a leader at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp.

About Sarah M Donnelly

Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law.
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