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Alaska Humanities Forum selects new President/CEO

July 10, 2012 | By Alaska Humanities Forum

The Alaska Humanities Forum Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Nina Kemppel will be the new President/CEO of the Forum.

Ms. Kemppel is expected to assume her new role on Aug. 27th after fulfilling her responsibilities at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

“The Board is extremely pleased to bring Ms. Kemppel on board – and back home to Alaska,” said Board chair Talis Colberg. “We believe she has the skills and talents to take the Forum to the next level of service for the entire state.”

Prior to joining the Forum, Nina was a principal at the Coraggio Group, a West Coast strategy and organizational change firm based in Portland, Oregon. She has worked with many non-profit organizations to develop long-term growth strategies and improve operations. Nina also spent four years at Oliver Wyman, a global consulting firm, in their Boston office where she worked with Fortune 500 companies on strategic and business growth initiatives.

When asked about her new role at the Alaska Humanities Forum, Ms. Kemppel said: “I am excited about the opportunity to be part of an organization that provides great projects and programs in Alaska and an incredible team at the Forum.”

Alaskans may well remember Nina Kemppel as a four-time Winter Olympian in cross-country skiing. In an international racing career that spanned 13 years, Kemppel also claimed a record 18 national championships. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, she skied to 15th place in the 30-kilometer classical race, which at the time marked the highest Olympic finish in history by an American woman. She also won Seward’s Mount Marathon race nine times, including eight in a row.

Nina has a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic Committee. Nina is a member of the Athena Society and was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Nina is moving back to Alaska with her husband, Michael Smith.

Nina Kemppel replaces Greg Kimura, who left the Forum in March to become president/CEO at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The Humanities Board had appointed former state education commissioner and former board member Jerry Covey to the position in the interim.

For inquiries or to schedule interviews with Nina, please contact Larry Campbell, 907-272-5324, office; 907-331-8382, cell; or lcampbell[at]akhf[dot]org.