Core Service Professionals
Veronica Slajer – Principal Advisor for Communities and Social Performance – 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 serves on the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, a federal advisory committee shaping a global standard to improve accountability of oil, gas, and mining revenues.
Amy Sparck Dobmeier – Community and Government Advisor – advocates in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Alaska Native, Native American and Native Hawaiian people. Ms. Dobmeier was raised in Bethel and Chevak in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta as a member of a family noted for its involvement in rural Native education and self-determination advocacy. As professional staff to the Alaska Congressional Delegation and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs in D.C., Ms. Dobmeier understands the complexities of the federal system. Ms. Dobmeier has also aided Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, the Coastal Villages Region Fund (a Community Development Quota corporation), the Association of Village Council Presidents, Calista Corporation, and served as rural liaison for the Municipality of Anchorage.
Seth Sivinski – Oceans and Polar Affairs Associate – provides analysis and expertise in Arctic and marine issues, and edits The Arctic Report, a subscription newsletter. Mr. Sivinski joined NSG’s Washington D.C. office after completing his master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. As part of his graduate work, he completed a research project for the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation that analyzed emerging risks in marine transportation, including, most significantly, Arctic operations. Supplementing his graduate studies, he attended Arctic conferences in Iceland and Alaska, in addition to meetings in the Seattle area. Mr. Sivinski’s background is in political science and international studies, with a focus on the Arctic.
Karl Ohls – Senior Policy Advisor – provides in-depth analysis and historical context for issues and advocacy. A third-generation Alaskan, Mr. 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 – Principal Advocacy Advisor – facilitates successful advocacy campaigns at the local and national level, leveraging her experience in job creation and employment training initiatives, affordable housing development, and social improvement programs. Ms. 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.
A Network of Professionals
NSG works with a network of professionals and independent contractors on a wide variety of projects. The following list is representative of the talent and experience that NSG can offer its clients. 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.