Ed Alexander is a lifelong Alaskan who grew up in Fort Yukon, 8 miles North of the Arctic Circle, the furthest north the Yukon goes. He is the son of Ginny and Clarence Alexander, Ginny is a teacher and an author and Clarence is a community leader. He also has two brothers and two sisters.
Ed is a graduate of UAF, earning his Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary studies titled “Gwich’in Language Pedagogy,” he also earned his teaching certificate, completing his student teaching here in Fairbanks at the Lathrop High School English Department over a decade ago. Ed put himself through school by fighting wildland fire as an EFF Crew Member, and on the Denali Hot Shots. Ed has earned his Masters degree in Secondary Education. He has taught in Fort Yukon where he organized the community to offer greater opportunities to students, and in Arctic Village, where he served as the Principal-Teacher and oversaw the opening of a new school. Additionally, Ed has served the community of Fort Yukon on the Tribal Council, serving for 7 years as the 2nd Chief. He has also worked as the Gwich’in language Coordinator for the Yukon Flats School District where he oversaw the Native Language and Technology Institute that produced numerous documentary films in Gwich’in and the translation of over 30 classic children’s books into Gwich’in. Ed recently managed the Yukon Flats Campus on behalf of UAF, where he helped to quadruple enrollment during his three years there, to just over 100 active students.
He currently serves as the Education Manager for the Tanana Chiefs Conference, and the 37 Tribes of the Interior. Ed manages three scholarship programs and works on educational policy issues on the local, statewide and national levels. He convenes and reports to the Tanana Chiefs Conference Education Council and the Interior Athabascan Tribal College Board as part of his job duties. During his time at UAF, Ed served as a Student Senator to the Associated Students of UAF. He has served on the City of Fort Yukon’s Utility Board, where he advocated for developing a maintenance fund. He serves on the Chancellors Advisory Committee for Native Education, UAF’s External Advisory Committee, UAF’s School of Education External Advisory Committee, and has served on the State of Alaska’s Education Challenge modernization and finance Committee, on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District’s Policy Review Committee, and he is also the Head of Delegation to the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group, and has served as the Co-Chair of Gwich’in Council International for the last several years representing Gwich’in to the Arctic Council which is composed of the circumpolar nation states and 6 groups of Indigenous peoples.
Ed was a registered non-partisan for 20 years until he registered as a Democrat to support Bernie Sanders during the caucuses in Fairbanks. He has since served as a delegate for House District 6, and served as delegate to the Democratic National Committee for Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Presidential Election. Bernie Sanders won 100% of the vote in the House District 6 Presidential Primary.
Ed is happily married to his wife of 7 years, Alisa, who is a local physician, they have four children, two of whom attend local public schools. He has traveled across House District 6 his entire life playing basketball in high school, fighting wildland fire, and working with communities on economic, educational, environmental, and health concerns. Ed filed to represent House District 6 to help bring the voices from Interior Alaska forward. He, like many Alaskans, is concerned about the future of the State of Alaska during these critical times, and wanted to find a way to help and make sure the concerns of residents in the largely rural district are heard.