Who We Are
Founder, President, and Principal Advisor for Communities and Social PerformanceMs. Slajer leads the team of professionals at the North Star Group, an advocacy, research and community engagement firm she founded in 2002. Ms. Slajer has more than 30 years of experience with economic development, community engagement, stakeholder relations, and matters affecting rural communities and Indigenous peoples. Ms. Slajer holds a Master of Rural Development degree with a concentration on community engagement in the mining and extractive industries. Ms. Slajer served on the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a federal advisory committee shaping a global standard to improve accountability for oil, gas, and mining revenues.
A Network of Professionals
With offices in Anchorage, Alaska, Washington, D.C. and Paris, France, NSG works with a network of professionals. The following list is representative of the talent and experience that NSG can offer its clients.
Jack Ferguson is Ms. Slajer’s husband and a longtime Washington D.C. lobbyist. He was previously Chief of Staff for Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.
Karl Ohls started in Alaska journalism, covering fisheries, natural resources development, and state and municipal government which led to a successful public service career in the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of the Governor, the Department of Commerce & Economic Development, and Department of Labor & Workforce Development. In both Juneau and D.C., Mr. Ohls has advocated for resource sector jobs and training, the seafood industry, rural Alaska, local government, the Arctic ecosystem, and Indigenous culture.
Heather Arnett served as the CEO of the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities (AAHA) and as executive director of the YWCA Anchorage. Ms. Arnett served as chair of the YWCA Northwest U.S. Region’s Advocacy Committee, which provides advocacy tools and strategies to support its members’ missions. Ms. Arnett led the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s statewide Legislative Committee. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was recently named a 2017 member of Fellowship for Leaders Strengthening Democracy at the Rockwell Leadership Institute.
Rebecca L. Adamson is an American Cherokee businessperson and advocate. She is former director, former president, and founder of First Nations Development Institute and the founder of First Peoples Worldwide.
Debby Bloom has extensive experience leading public relations, communications and marketing efforts for non-profits, Native organizations, business and state and federal agencies.
Hans Matthews is Anishnawbe and a resident of the Wahnapitae First Nation, Ontario, with more than 25 years of experience in the minerals and resource management industries. Mr. Matthews has extensive experience in Aboriginal community development and in the mineral exploration industry in Canada and abroad.
Andrea Wagner is an Alaskan Native Women of Yupik descent. Currently an undergraduate studying Business and Environment Studies, she was the former Student Representative on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board and helped write and implement a health curriculum for the district. Ms. Wagner has advocated for blending learning in the classroom, Alaska Native language instruction in school and youth leadership.
Michael Mauer is from Anchorage and has a degree in economics from the University of Minnesota and recently completed his graduate studies in international economics and Arctic policy at The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.