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Emily Edenshaw—Community Connector

With roots in Emmonak, Alaska, Keneggnarkayaaggaq Emily Edenshaw (Yup’ik/Iñupiaq) is the President and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC), a renowned, statewide living cultural center located in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2020, Emily was named Vice President of the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) Arts, Cultural and Heritage Statewide Chapter Board, elected to the ATIA Board of Directors, elected to the Alaska Humanities Forum Board of Directors, and appointed to the Anchorage Public Safety Commission. In 2021, Emily was appointed as a board member to the following boards: the National Coalition to End Urban Indigenous Homelessness, Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, and Native Americans in Philanthropy. She was also appointed as the ATIA Secretary and Membership Chair.

Outside of work and public service, Emily is a fourth-year Ph.D. Indigenous Studies student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, researching Alaska Native Boarding School experiences and healing strategies related to these experiences. Keneggnarkayaaggaq also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree in Strategic Leadership from Alaska Pacific University and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Since graduating with her EMBA, Emily has worked for both public and private sectors the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, First Alaskans Institute, VICE Media, The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, and Southcentral Foundation. Her Yup’ik name Keneggnarkayaaggaq means a person with a beautiful persona, spirit, aura, and friend. Emily and her husband Devin have four sons and one daughter.