KNOW YOUR TRUSTEES
ETHAN SCHUTT | CHAIR
Raised by public school teachers in the Eastern Interior highway town of Tok, Ethan Schutt has spent two decades in roles of public service and executive management in Alaska. After graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and then from Stanford Law School with a Juris Doctorate, he worked for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Walter “Bud” Carpeneti in Juneau. He then worked for a law firm in Anchorage and as general counsel for Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks before returning to Anchorage in 2005 to work for Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI).
Schutt spent 13 years as an executive with CIRI and a decade leading and overseeing its energy investment portfolio and the development of several projects including the Fire Island Wind Project. He was also responsible for the land management of CIRI’s approximately 1.5 million acres of land in the Cook Inlet which included substantial oil and gas leasing. Schutt then worked in several leadership roles with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Schutt is currently Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) where he leads BBNC’s efforts in legal, compliance and records management. Schutt and his wife are the proud parents of five hockey players.
Trustee Schutt was appointed in 2020 to a four-year public seat by Governor Dunleavy. Trustee Schutt was appointed as Chair at the 2022 Annual Meeting.
STEVE RIEGER | VICE-CHAIR
Steve Rieger grew up in Palmer, Alaska, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard College, and his Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He later returned to Alaska, competed in the 1983 Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and was elected to the Alaska State House of Representatives in 1984, where he served six years. In 1992, Rieger was elected to the Alaska State Senate, where he served four years. He currently serves as Chair of the Municipality of Anchorage Salaries and Emoluments Commission.
Trustee Rieger was reappointed to the Board of Trustees by Governor Dunleavy in 2020 to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Trustee Brady. He previously served as a Trustee from 2009-2013. Trustee Rieger served as Vice-Chair from 2020-2021, and 2022 to present.
Jason Brune has a vast array of experience throughout Alaska. He was the senior director of land and resources at Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), an Alaska Native Corporation. Before working at CIRI, Mr. Brune worked as the company's public affairs and government relations manager for Anglo American, a global mining company. He has served on the Alaska Sealife Center Board, Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Endangered Species Act (ESA) Recovery Team, Tyonek Tribal Conservation District Board, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee, and numerous other business and civic organizations. Brune is also the former executive director for the Resource Development Council, executive director emeritus for Alaska Resource Education, and past president of the Alaska Miners Association. He has a bachelor's degree in biology from Carleton College, and his graduate work was in environmental science at Alaska Pacific University.
Trustee Brune was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2022 to hold one of the two seats reserved for the Governor's cabinet members. He has served as the Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner since his appointment by Governor Dunleavy in December of 2018.
Born and raised in Alaska, Adam Crum has significant public and private sector experience in strategic management, organizational development, executive consulting and large-scale projects. His ability to manage, establish and lead effective teams was highlighted throughout his public service to the State of Alaska as he led the Alaska Department of Health for four years, including through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to his 2018 appointment as Commissioner for DHSS, Mr. Crum served as Executive Vice President of his family’s company, Northern Industrial Training. Active in numerous community service organizations, Trustee Crum has also served as a board member for groups, including the Salvation Army and MyHouse, a group that works specifically with homeless youth.
Trustee Crum holds the seat on the APFC Board of Trustees designated for the Commissioner of Revenue, having been appointed in November 2022 by Governor Dunleavy. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Craig Richards has a wealth of experience as a private attorney in complex matters relating to corporate, finance, oil and gas, and tax law. Mr. Richards served as the Attorney General of the State of Alaska from 2014 to 2016. Prior to that position, he was in private practice where he specialized in oil and gas project development and tax disputes. In addition to majoring in finance at the University of Virginia, Mr. Richards holds a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University and a juris doctorate from Washington & Lee University.
Trustee Richards was reappointed to the Board for a four-year term in 2021 by Governor Dunleavy. He has served as a Trustee since 2017 and previously from 2015 to 2016. Trustee Richards served as Chair from 2018-2020 and 2021-2022.
Ellie Rubenstein is the co-founder and CEO of Manna Tree, an investment firm dedicated to improving human health by transforming the food supply chain for healthier outcomes, and the founder of Mission: Ingredients, which supports outdoor wilderness, youth education, and military health and recovery programs. Rubenstein has a background in investments, a passion for philanthropy, and is a dedicated volunteer with the Red Cross of Alaska. She is an avid angler, hunter, and pilot.
Rubenstein earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Harvard University, her master's degree in agriculture economics from Purdue University, and her MBA from Indiana University's Kelly School of Business.
Trustee Rubenstein was appointed in 2022 by Governor Dunleavey to serve a four-year term as one of the four public members of the Board of Trustees.