Staff

 

Nolan Klouda

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

Nolan Klouda

Biography

Klouda is the Executive Director of the UACED. In this capacity, he manages a variety of technical assistance projects related to business planning, feasibility analysis, marketing development, business retention and expansion and other economic development initiatives. He has successfully engaged and worked with tribal governments, municipal governments, non-profits, Alaska Native Corporations and private business groups to assist them in realizing their strategic goals. His core areas of expertise include economic feasibility, program design and implementation, rural economic development and engagement between the public and private sectors. Klouda brings seven years of organizational leadership and development (including business and management consulting) experience to the UACED.

Education

Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas 

Bachelor's Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.


 

Gianna Foltz

 

Gianna Foltz

Entrepreneurship Program Specialist
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Email: gmfoltz@alaska.edu

 

 

Biography

Gianna Foltz attended Syracuse University in New York where she earned a BFA in Design and double minored in Entrepreneurship Emerging Enterprises and Communications. While at Syracuse, Gianna was awarded the prestigious Kauffman Fellowship for entrepreneurs. Gianna cofounded Campus Bazaar, an ecommerce site featuring curated collections of high-end products from SU designers. She competed in Syracuse Technology Garden's accelerator during the summer of 2013. Gianna returned to Syracuse IDEA as an advisor to mentor other entrepreneurs. Gianna manages the Alaska Startups program at the Center for Economic Development. She is a founding member of Launch : Alaska, Alaska's first business accelerator program. Gianna has studied Art Nouveau throughout Europe in such countries as Belgium, Spain, and Scotland. She was invited and participated in London Fashion Week. In 2014, she founded the contemporary women's clothing brand Giamari. 

Education

Bachelor's Degree from Syracuse University


 

 

Margo Fliss

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

Margo Fliss

Biography

Mrs. Fliss is the Lead Analyst and Consultant at the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development. She works on business plans, feasibility studies, and comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) 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. She grew up in Fairbanks and earned her Bachelors in Political Science at UAF. Upon graduating from college she served as a VISTA volunteer with the UCLA BruinCorps. While at BruinCorps she served as a college and career counselor in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Mills College in May, 2015.

Before joining UACED in early 2016 she worked in the education sector for numerous school districts and universities in both California and Alaska. She worked with the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, to examine factors that help predict successful college graduation for Alaska Native students. She worked with California State University East Bay developing a process evaluation for a mentoring program assisting under-served youth. She was also a research assistant on a publication for the United Ways of California that addressed development of a new federal poverty guideline. These experiences have provided her with knowledge and skill sets in program evaluation, development of outcome based metrics, education and energy policy, regression analysis, and policy analysis.

Education

Master's in Public Policy from Mills College

Bachelor's Degree from University of Alaska Fairbanks


 

Simone Jaggers

Simone Jaggers-Radolf

Lemonade Day State Coordinator
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Email: lemonadedayalaska@gmail.com

Biography

Simone Jaggers-Radolf joined the UACED in March of 2015 as their AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. Now Simone runs the Lemonade Day program and is excited to expand the UACED's capacity to engage youth in economic development activities. Simone has a long history of working with youth in a variety of roles, she has also been active in project development for the past three years. Simone will focus on partnership building and outreach to connect and engage youth across Alaska. 

Education

Master's in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation from Innsbruck University in Innsbruck Austria

Master's in Gender Studies from United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica

Bachelor's in Sociology from University of Arizona


 

Cassandra Maurer

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

 

Cassandra Maurer

Biography

Cassandra specializes in entrepreneurial project development, marketing and design. Cassandra supports various programs within the Center for Economic Development including grant research, feasibility studies, and material development. Cassandra has a background in community development and design thinking. 

Education

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

Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design


 

Jeff Davis

 

 

Jeff Davis

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Phone: 907-786-5451
Email: uacedvistaleader@gmail.com 

Biography

Jeff Davis began his teaching career at an elementary school in Indiana. A very creative teacher (K-6 Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance), Jeff created lessons that supported student physical growth and life skills. During the last 30 years Jeff has worked as a teacher at a Montessori school, a project manager for a hardware company, a computer specialist for First Interstate/Wells Fargo Bank and USAIR, a diversity/education/soft skills presenter, a VISTA with the America Reads Program, and in various College Administration roles. 

Jeff received the National Teacher Award for Excellence in Education and was recognized in "Who's Who of America's Teachers" four separate years respectively.  

His hobbies include football football and baseball (Go Chicago Bears/Cubs!), tennis, hiking, spending quality time with his daughters, traveling, and serving others. His bucket list includes joining the Peace Corp, traveling to Europe, Australia and the base of the Grand Canyon, taking cruises through Alaska and Hawaii, and attending an NFL football game in person. 

Mottos - " Serve to Live....Live to Serve"  - "Never Give Up"


 

 

Michael Lockwood

AmeriCorps VISTA - Rural Energy Coordinator
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Phone: 907-786-4937
Email: mjlockwood@uaa.alaska.edu

Michael Lockwood

Biography

Mike Lockwood is the Energy Coordinator VISTA at UACED. He is developing and implementing a business assistance program for rural Alaskans to help cut the costs of energy with a special emphasis on microgrids. Microgrids are interconnected loans and distributed energy resources that can produce electricity indepent from a main electrical grid. This includes conducting a market assessment of the Alaskan microgrid market to analyxe how innovations in this sector can benefit rural Alaskan communities struggling to meet their energy needs without draining incomes. 

Mike seeks to alleviate poverty by finding ways to reduce the financial burden of paying to unsustainable energy resources and business practices in communities across Alaska. The goal is to create a best practices handbook so that communities can reduce costs and open up cash for additional economic developemnt projects. 

Mike hails from the Pacific Northwest, specifically the Portland Metro area. Mike earned  his Bachelor's from Saint John's University in Minnesota in 2013 and then earned his dual Master's from the joint International Master's Program of James MAdison University and the University of Malta in 2014. Mike is also a two-time VISTA; first serving as a Gleaning Coordinator for the Harvest Against Hunger program in Moses Lake, Washington in 2015 before serving in his current VISTA position. 

Education

Master's of Science in Sustainable Environmental Resource Management from the University of Malta

Master's of Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University

Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from Saint John's University


 

Anneliese Trainer

 

Anneliese Trainer

AmeriCorps VISTA - Microfinance Entrepreneurship VISTA
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199
Phone: 907-786-1706
Email:
atrainer3@uaa.alaska.edu

 

Biography

Anneliese is a first year Microfinance Entrepreneurship VISTA at the Center for Economic Development. Raised in Maryland, she studied history and art history at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, and spent several years working at PledgeMusic, a web based music crowdfunding company. Anneliese also has a nonprofit background and is excited to further explore entrepreneurship. She is thrilled for the opportunity to learn from Alaska's diverse communities during her term of service. 

Education

Bachelor's Degrees in History and Art History from Manhattanville College