Kim Reitmeier is President of the ANCSA Regional Association. Kim is Sugpiaq, a Koniag, Inc. and Ouzinkie Native Corporation shareholder, and a Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak member.
Prior to joining ARA in 2011, she served as Chief of Staff to the President of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and Director of Alaska Heritage Tours, where she oversaw tour package operations for CIRI Alaska Tourism.
A University of Alaska Anchorage graduate, Kim is deeply involved in her community at every level. She received the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, was inducted into the Anchorage ATHENA Society, and was honored as a YWCA Woman of Achievement in 2021. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Alaska Community Foundation, Alaska Chamber, and the Alaska Business Week, and is a past advisory board member of the UAA Alaska Native Organizational Management program.
Kim has made education, advocacy, and collaboration cornerstones of ARA’s work. From leading a broad coalition to the U.S. Supreme Court to secure recognition of Alaska Native corporations to educating local, state, and federal policymakers about the unique features of ANCSA, Kim is passionate about and dedicated to empowering Alaska Native people everywhere.
Director of Government Affairs
TJ Presley joined ARA as Director of Government Affairs in July 2023, bringing more than a decade of public service and dedication to Alaska issues to the organization. He served in the Alaska Legislature for ten years, starting out as an intern with the University of Alaska Anchorage Legislative Internship program.
Throughout his legislative career, TJ served in both chambers and for several legislators in leadership positions, including as an aide to Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner and Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon. TJ also served as an advisor at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas; as the Deputy Director of the Alaska Redistricting Board; and as Campaign Manager for Bill Walker’s 2022 gubernatorial campaign. In addition, he worked as a strategic advisor to the Alaska Federation of Natives Navigator Program and as a congressional affairs liaison for the US Department of Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
TJ holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and an MBA in Finance from Alaska Pacific University.
Based in Washington, D.C., TJ is responsible for leading ARA’s policy efforts and engaging with and educating federal policymakers about issues that affect the 12 Alaska Native regional corporations.