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October 6, 2016

Dr. Betsy Baker Announced as New Executive Director for the North Pacific Research Board

The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) is pleased to announce that Dr. Betsy Baker will be joining the NPRB staff as Executive Director on November 28, 2016. Dr. Baker brings to NPRB over 30 years of experience in academic administration, the law of the sea, and environmental policy.

Well before moving to the state of Alaska in 2014, Dr. Baker was focusing on marine Arctic issues for entities such as the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, Arctic Council, Inuit Circumpolar Council, U.S. Department of State and the Alaska Regional office of the National Marine Fisheries Service. She currently is a tenured professor at the Vermont Law School, an affiliate professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Washington as well as a member of the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences and of the Science Steering Committee of SEARCH (Study of Environmental Arctic Change).

Prior to her work in Alaska and Vermont Law School, Dr. Baker ran the graduate program for international lawyers at Harvard Law School and was Associate Dean for International Programs at the University of Minnesota Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. In addition, she has earned advanced degrees in law (LL.M. and Dr. iur.) from the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Germany.

NPRB is very fortunate to find a new leader with Dr. Baker’s skills and experience. She brings a keen awareness of marine Arctic issues, environmental law and policy, and academic leadership. Her experience has placed her at the junction of science, management, and policy for Arctic and Alaska resources for some time and will provide a valuable asset to the operation of NPRB. Dr. Baker will be replacing Mr. Denby Lloyd, who has served as Executive Director since October 2013.