Megan Onders, Ocean Knowledge Host
Megan Onders serves as the Executive Director of Indigenous Peoples Council for Marine Mammals, an umbrella group of Alaska Native marine mammal commissions. She serves as a tribal council member for the King Island Native Community and is the village representative for the Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors. She is a King Island dancer and a learner of Ugiuvaŋmiutun, the dialect of the King Island community. She holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Economics from George Mason University.
She previously served as the Self-Governance Liaison for Norton Sound Health Corporation focused on Indian Health Service sanitation policy to establish a path for communities without water and sewer service. She helped increase access to engineering and environmental technical services and worked with community leadership to establish a regional tribal utility cooperative with cities, tribes and corporations in the Bering Strait region.
She has served as the Chief of the King Island Native Community and is a former Commissioner of the Port of Nome. She was the Alaska Federation of Native’s 2016 Keynote speaker. She served as a legislative assistant for Senator Lisa Murkowski in Washington D.C. responsible for policies addressing infrastructure & sanitation, housing, health delivery, public safety and justice, as well as fish & wildlife management for Alaska Natives and rural Alaskans. She was the lead staffer in establishing the Senate Arctic Caucus.