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Veri di Suvero

Executive Director

Veri joined the AKPIRG team in September 2018 to serve as the Executive Director. Veri’s background is in various advocacy areas, most recently Alaska Native language revitalization and maintenance. They currently live in Anchorage.



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Nelta Edwards

Board Chair

Nelta Edwards has been an AkPIRG board member for more than 10 years because she believes AkPIRG's mission to protect consumers from dangerous or exploitative products and to support good governance practices. She was born and raised in Anderson, Alaska, is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage where she teaches courses on social stratification, on the sociology of gender and environmental sociology. In her spare time she likes to practice yoga, walk, jog, hike, ski, bike and swim and hang out with her family and friends.


Ira Slomski-Pritz


Ira has worked as a NOLS faculty member, co-director of the Alaska Fellows Program, and served as a policy and communications adviser to Governor Bill Walker. He lives in Anchorage and enjoys any activity that lets him play outside. 

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Lois Epstein

AKPIRG plays an essential role protecting and enhancing state and federal government practices that are responsive to public and consumer interests. Additionally, during its over forty-plus years of existence, AKPIRG has strengthened democratic engagement by Alaskans. As a board member, Lois is happy to help accomplish these important goals.


John Kennish

John is a retired Professor of Chemistry who served the students at UAA for 36 years and had over 40 publications mainly with undergraduate chemistry students.  John has been a long time board member dating back to Steve Conn's directorship.  His major concern is that members of the community are treated with fairness when accessing the businesses of Anchorage. 


Peggy Wilcox


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