A Network of Professionals

As a network of strategic partners and professionals. While we operate in various locations in North America and Europe; North Star Group will always be Alaska-based. We are proud of our shared roots to the 49th state combined with our extensive expertise living and working globally.

The business model for NSG is not to have a big office with a bunch of employees. Rather, we have a modest number of in-house professionals knit together with independent consultants and strategic partners for every project we do.

202-544-6455 work
202-538-1531 mobile DC
907-360-2288 mobile AK
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VERONICA SLAJER

Strategic Knowledge Exchange Advisor

In addition to leading the North Star Group practice she founded in 2002, Ms. Slajer is a trained communities and social performance professional with more than 30 years of experience in economic development, community engagement, stakeholder relations, and matters affecting rural communities and Indigenous peoples. Ms. Slajer holds a Masters 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. Ms. Slajer is currently working out of her temporary home office in France, making access to European organizations and meetings easier.

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KARL OHLS

Senior Policy Advisor

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.

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HEATHER ARNETT

Policy Advisor

Ms. Arnett served as the CEO of the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities (AAHA) and as executive director of the YWCA Anchorage. She 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 Fellow for Leaders Strengthening Democracy at the Rockwood Leadership Institute.

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REBECCA L. ADAMSON

Policy Advisor

Ms. Adamson is an American Cherokee businessperson and advocate. She is the former director, former president, and founder of First Nations Development Institute and the founder of First Peoples Worldwide.

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DEBBY BLOOM

Policy Advisor

Ms. Bloom has extensive experience leading public relations, communications and marketing efforts for non-profits, Native organizations, business and state and federal agencies.

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HANS MATTHEWS

Policy Advisor

Mr. Matthews is Anishnawbe and a resident of the Wahnapitae First Nation, Ontario, Canada 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.

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ANDREA WAGNER

Communication & Strategic Partner Associate

Ms. Wagner is an Alaska Native woman of Yupik descent. Currently an undergraduate studying Business Admin and Communications. She is currently Youth Representative for Elders and Youth Of South Central Alaska. She was also 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 curriculums, and youth leadership.

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MICHAEL MAUER

Associate

Mr. Mauer is from Anchorage, earned a degree in economics from the University of Minnesota, and recently completed graduate studies in international economics and Arctic policy at The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

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GRANT ACKERMAN

Associate and Web Developer

Mr. Ackerman was born and raised in Fairbanks, and is currently pursuing a double major in international relations and economics with a minor in Chinese from Carleton College.

CONTACT US

We are more than happy to assist with any questions you have about North Star Group’s Northern Network or our consulting services. For more information please contact info@northstargrp.com and one of our team members will be in touch.