Rachel Kallander brings over a decade of experience in public relations, policy development and strategic communications to K&A. Having served as professional staff in Congress, the Alaska State Legislature and in leadership positions on several statewide political campaigns, Rachel is a seasoned operative in the business and policy development efforts that impact the regions, peoples and issues of the Far North. 

A native of Cordova, Alaska, Rachel grew up commercial fishing and subsistence hunting in Prince William Sound and the northern Gulf of Alaska. 

In 2013, Rachel participated in a two week Arctic science mission on board the USCG HEALY icebreaker, researching and observing oil spill response and recovery efforts. Building on her unique insight into the practical and political challenges of advancing Arctic policy in a way that best serves Alaska and its people, in 2013, Rachel founded Kallander & Associates LLC. The mission of Kallander & Associates is to seek out bipartisan and effective ways to ensure the coexistence of responsible development, sustainable environments and healthy communities. 

Rachel is the Founder & Executive Director of the Arctic Encounter Symposium – the largest annual Arctic policy conference in the United States and official host of the single Arctic policy side conference in Paris, France during the 2015 UN Convention on Climate - COP21.

The chief objective of the Arctic Encounter's convening work is to raise awareness for the Arctic region and its people, promote challenging and bipartisan debate, and provide a platform to incorporate the voices of young people living in the Arctic into high level policy discussions. To this end, the Arctic Encounter's Arctic Youth Initiative engages young people in the Arctic through surveys, social media and story telling.

Rachel’s drive to organize the Arctic Encounter Symposium was inspired by her belief that a balanced coexistence of development, the environment, and communities can and must co-exist.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle University and and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington's School of Law where she focused on maritime, natural resource and human rights law. She is currently enrolled as a student with Harvard Business School's HBX program.

In November 2016, Rachel completed her role as Deputy Campaign Manager and Spokeswoman for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's victorious statewide re-election campaign in Alaska. She continues to work within the public policy and private consulting arenas in Alaska, the Arctic, Washington D.C., the Pacific Northwest, and abroad. 

To learn more about Rachel's work and current efforts in these areas, please click here.