Curtis McQueen – CEO
Curtis McQueen became the Chief Executive Officer of Eklutna, Inc. on Oct. 1, 2007. He joined the Eklutna family in February 2005 as the Communications and Shareholder Relations Manager. Eklutna Incorporated is the Alaska Native Village Corporation for Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough. They are the Largest Private Land Owner in both communities. Among his many responsibilities, Curtis directs and facilitates all Corporate Communications, Public Relations and Shareholder Relations on behalf of Eklutna, Inc. Curtis sets, guides, and drives company strategies; leads the Executive team and business operations, community involvement, and legal and financial matters; proactively seeks and recommends areas for new business development, investments, and operation and financial improvement. Assist Board in developing and monitoring corporate policy, oversees all subsidiaries, including 8(a), real estate, natural resources, and construction. Has financial responsibility for all aspects of the company. Curtis was formally adopted by the Eklutna People “the Dena’ina” at the 2016 Pow wow.
Curtis brings a combination of postsecondary education and 32+ years of business, business development, communications, project and construction management, administrative management and governmental affairs experience and has worked extensively in the Native community. Curtis attended Gateway Community College in Tempe & Phoenix, AZ from 1987-1989 and the University of Alaska Southeast 1990-1991. Curtis continues his management education through many executive courses including through The American Management Association. From 1989-1994 Curtis worked for (2)-two Governors, Governor Steve Cowper & Governor Wally Hickel with the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities and the Department of Natural Resources. After his time with the State of Alaska, from 1994-1999 Curtis worked in Business Enterprise Development with his Tribe, Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, directly reporting to its President Edward K. Thomas. Curtis represented and built many Butler Metal Buildings throughout Alaska for various National and Alaska corporations, redeploying a significant amount of those profits back into tribal programs. Curtis worked with Statewide Steel from 1999-2005 on major construction projects visible throughout the State of Alaska.
In his current position Curtis has worked with Alaska Governors Sara Palin, Sean Parnell, and Bill Walker, Senators Mark Begich, Ted Stevens, Lisa Murkowski, and Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young, and Anchorage Mayors, Mark Begich, Dan Sullivan, and Ethan Berkowitz. Curtis also works with many current and past Alaska lawmakers in both the House and the Senate.
- Alaska Native Village CEO Association – Member
- State of Alaska Chamber of Commerce – Anchorage, Chugiak-Eagle River
- Anchorage Economic Development Corporation – Representative for ANCSA
- AEDC Live.Work.Play – Housing Committee and Infrastructure Committee
- AEDC Economic Development Advisory Committee
- The Institute for ANC Director Education – Faculty
- National Indian Business Administration – Member
- American National Fish & Wildlife Society – Member
- National Institute of Governmental Purchasing – Member
- Transportation Advisory Group – Department of Transportation/Alaska Railroad Corporation – State of Alaska
- Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska – Tribal Member
- Sealaska Native Corporation – Shareholder
- Alaska Native Brotherhood, Camp 2, Juneau, Alaska – Member
- Alaska Federation of Natives – Member
- Small Business Association
- Tikahtnu Forum, Cook Inlet Region Economic Development Group – Member
- Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Honorary Commanders Program
- Great Land Trust Board Member
- Chugiak Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Board Member
Curtis is a Tlingit Indian from Southeast Alaska. Grandson of Raymond Paddock Sr., Son of Carol Paddock Jorgensen, and Son of Eugene C. McQueen from a military family, father was in the Diplomatic Corp. Assistant to several U.S. Ambassadors. Curtis and his family lived (2)-two to (3)-three year terms in Austria, Bolivia, Afghanistan, and some time in Pakistan including temporarily in other countries. Curtis spent the first (6)-six years in international schools. He is from the Eagle-Killer Whale Clan, is a Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska member, and is a Shareholder of Sealaska Corporation.