All of us here at AWCC are excited to announce that Trish Baker has been promoted to Executive Director! Trish has been serving as the Interim Executive Director since August 1, 2020.

“Trish is the right leader for the wildlife center,” said Lana Johnson, AWCC’s Board President. “Her willingness to step up as Interim ED during a global pandemic was critical to keeping us going during a very difficult time.”

Trish joined AWCC in 2017, bringing 25 years of expertise in external affairs, community and media relations and emergency management in the oil and gas industry. Her focus has been strengthening support of AWCC by foundations, corporations and individual donors for the organization’s conservation and STEM education mission.

Trish has lived in Alaska since coming North with her husband, Jeff, in 1992 “for a year or two.” She loves animals and enjoys traveling, cross-country skiing, photography and spending the weekends at the family cabin near Big Lake. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from California State University Northridge and a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

As Executive Director, Trish is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the center.

“I am excited to continue my role as Executive Director, and I am passionate about leading AWCC’s talented team. Taking the helm as we are recovering from the effects of the pandemic presents a real opportunity to implement our strategic vision for the future of the organization,” said Baker of her continuing role at AWCC.

Trish lives in Anchorage with her husband, two daughters and their Labrador Retriever.