Staff

 

 

Nolan Klouda

Executive Director
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Phone: 907-786-5458
Email: nfklouda@alaska.edu

Nolan Klouda

Biography

As Executive Director, Nolan provides overall leadership for the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, as well as support for other programs of the UAA Business Enterprise Institute. Prior to taking his current role in 2014, Nolan served as Associate Director. He has been a strategic advisor to tribal governments, municipal governments, non-profits, Alaska Native Corporations and private business groups, assisting them in realizing their economic goals. Nolan’s areas of professional interest include feasibility analysis, rural economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation policy, and engagement between the public and private sectors. He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council and was named to Alaska’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2015.

Education

Master of Public Administration, University of Kansas 

Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science, Gustavus Adolphus College


 

 

 

Gretchen Fauske

Associate Director
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Phone: 907-786-6295
Email:  gwfauske@alaska.edu

Gretchen Fauske

 

Biography

Gretchen is responsible for leading the entrepreneurship, marketing, and outreach efforts of UACED as well as providing strategic leadership for both UACED and BEI. She oversees the Alaska Business Plan competition, rural entrepreneurship training, the Global Entrepreneur in Residence program, AKStartups.com, and other areas. Prior to joining UACED, Gretchen worked in the State of Alaska Division of Economic Development, for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, and in the private sector. From this experience, she developed keen insight to private, political, and governmental drivers and their impact on the economy. Gretchen has worked on a number of award-winning economic development projects and was named to Alaska’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2013.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Whitman College


 

 

Margo Fliss

Lead Analyst and Consultant
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Phone: 907-786-5419
Email: mgowens@alaska.edu

Margo Fliss

Biography

Margo works on business plans, feasibility studies, and comprehensive economic development strategy plans, which assist with the development of communities across Alaska. She is also building financial models and evaluation frameworks for other projects led by CED. Prior to joining UACED in early 2016, Margo worked in the education sector for numerous school districts and universities in both California and Alaska, and served as a VISTA volunteer with UCLA BruinCorps. These experiences have provided her with expertise in program evaluation, development of outcome based metrics, education and energy policy, regression analysis, and policy analysis.

Education

Master of Public Policy, Mills College

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government, University of Alaska Fairbanks


 

 

Nigel Sharp

Global Entrepreneur in Residence 
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Email:
nigel.sharp@alaska.edu

Nigel Sharp

Biography

As the Global Entrepreneur in Residence (GEIR), Nigel is a resource for staff, students and faculty as well as the broader Alaskan entrepreneurial community. A lifelong entrepreneur, Nigel engages as a mentor, adviser, guest lecturer, and panelist. Prior to this role, he served as the University of Colorado Boulder GEIR, where he co-founded a University spin-out company which raised venture funding and was accepted into the Techstars business accelerator in 2017. In recent years, Nigel co-founded software companies working on technologies ranging from voice recognition, gesture control to IT Network security. He's spoken at TEDx, judged, mentored or organized 18 Hackathons/StartupWeekends, stared businesses in six countries, and particpated in four business accleration programs. He is here to #GiveFirst to the Alaskan startup community, and welcomes your engagement.

Education

Master of Science, King's College London 
 
Bachelor of Engineering, King's College London

 

 

Cassandra Maurer

Research Technician
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Email: cmaurer3@alaska.edu

 

Cassandra Maurer

Biography

Cassandra specializes in entrepreneurial project development, marketing and design. She supports various programs within UACED, including grant research, feasibility studies, material development and regularly works with the Alaska Cooperative Development Center. Cassandra has a background in community development and design thinking. 

Education

Currently Pursuing a Master's of Business Administration, Alaska Pacific University

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design


 

 

 
Julia Casey

AmeriCorps VISTA – Entrepreneurship and Microfinance Coordinator
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Email: jcasey26@alaska.edu

Julia Casey

 

Biography

Julia focuses on assisting startups through education, technical assistance, and identifying finance opportunities. Her background is in e-commerce and she is experienced in working with entrepreneurial ventures at varying stages of development and scope. Much of her work during her year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA will focus on capacity building within Alaska’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and developing digital tools for use by startups across the state.

 

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business, Creighton University

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management: Entrepreneurship, Creighton University


 

Steven Amundson

Research Assistant
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Email: amundsonsc@gmail.com

 


Biography

Steven is an experienced data analyst and researcher. Prior to joining UACED, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, provided quantitative research for the UAA Justice Center and the Alaska Department of Corrections, and worked as a youth counselor with the Division of Juvenile Justice. He is passionate about public service and using data as a foundation for actionable results.

Education

Currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration, University of Alaska Anchorage

Bachelors of Arts in Justice, University of Alaska Anchorage.


 

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