Frances A. Ulmer
Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC)
Frances A. Ulmer is the Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC), appointed by President Obama in 2011. In 2014, Secretary Kerry asked Ms. Ulmer to serve as a Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage(UAA), Alaska’s largest public university. Previously, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. In 2018, she was a visiting professor at Stanford University and in 2019 she will serve as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center.
Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond and Director of Policy Development for the state. She has served on numerous state and federal boards including the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010, the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council, co chair of the Aspen Institute’ s Commission on Arctic Climate Change and currently serves on the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy. Ms. Ulmer lives in Anchorage, Alaska.