The majority of Alaskans rely on food and goods imported through the Port of Anchorage, which began operations in 1961. The aging port has infrastructure that could fail if an extreme weather event were to impact the city. Therefore, citizens face a constant threat of food shortages if the port were to become damaged or inoperable after one of these events.
Anchorage is one of 10 cities taking part in the Cities of Service Resilience AmeriCorps program. Through this program, the city is building and sustaining resilience in low-income communities by developing education initiatives that use volunteer-built greenhouses to teach students and families how to grow food in their own backyards. The city is looking forward to supporting new gardeners with workshops and mentorship opportunities.
Anchorage has been a member of the Cities of Service Coalition since 2015, when Mayor Ethan Berkowitz signed the Declaration of Service.
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
Prior to being elected as mayor in 2015, Ethan Berkowitz worked as an assistant district attorney before serving for ten years in the Alaska State Legislature, eight as minority leader. In the private sector, he worked on technology, energy, and geothermal projects in Northwest Alaska.
Chief of Staff Ona Brause
Ona Brause is focused on intergovernmental affairs, energy efficiency, resilience initiatives, and municipal enterprises. Before joining the Municipality, Brause worked as the director of finance and operations for Intelligent Energy Systems, LLC, an Anchorage-based business focused on accelerating renewable energy in Alaska.