Albert Kookesh

Albert Kookesh is a distinguished policy leader, businessman and cultural ambassador. He represented Southeast in the Alaska State Senate for years. He’s the Policy and Program Specialist, Office of the Governor and Senior Advisor to Alaska Governor and Lt. Governor.

“I stand beside you strong, healthy and ready to face each day as it leads me to continue to be a strong advocate of Alaska Native rights and privileges. I am proud of Sealaska’s past and recent accomplishments and the teamwork between board, staff and officers.”

Albert is Ch’áak’ (Eagle), Teikweidi (Brown Bear) from Angoon, AK, where he lives.

Albert's Proxy Statement

I'd like to thank the many shareholders that have put their faith in me and to all that have asked about my health. Thank you...I am a proud cancer survivor! I stand beside you strong, healthy and ready to face each day as it leads me to continue to be a strong advocate of Alaska Native rights and privileges. I continue to live in my village of Angoon where my wife Sally and I raised our five children. I am proud of Sealaska's past and recent accomplishments and the teamwork between board, staff and officers. Most of my life has been committed to Sealaska and I want to continue to help move our corporation forward. We have made great progress with Sealaska Heritage Institute, better dividends, Celebration, natural resources, and scholarships, but we need to continue our work. My prior work in the Alaska State legislature, both House and Senate for 16 years, as former AFN Chair and Sealaska Chair, and as ANB Grand President, was always for the benefit of our Alaska Native People and shareholders. I ask you for your support and pledge continued dedicated progress.

AGE: 69
CITY/STATE: Angoon, AK 99820
OCCUPATION: Policy and Program Specialist, Office of the Governor and Senior Advisor to the Governor and Lt. Governor for the State of Alaska. Also, owner and operator of Kootznahoo Inlet Lodge
CURRENT AND PREVIOUSLY HELD POSITIONS WITHIN SEALASKA CORPORATION AND/OR SEALASKA SUBSIDIARIES: Sealaska Director since 1976 and is a member of the Shareholder Relations Committee. He is a member of the Haa Aaní, LLC Board of Managers; chair of the Elders' Settlement Trust; and is a Trustee of the Sealaska Heritage Institute Board of Trustees. He served as Sealaska board chair from 2000 to 2014.
DIRECTORSHIP(S) HELD IN OTHER ENTITIES: Director, First Alaskans Institute
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in history from Alaska Methodist University, and Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law
AFFILIATIONS: Albert is a former senator for District C and served in the Alaska State legislature, both House and Senate, for 16 years; former AFN chair, former ANB Grand President, a member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp executive committee, and a director of First Alaskans Institute. Albert's daughter, Jaeleen Kookesh, is an officer of Sealaska and serves as vice president general counsel and corporate secretary. Albert is Teikweidí and L'eeneidí yádi (child of).