Director of Ocean Engagement
Megan Onders joined AOOS in July, 2022 as the Director of Ocean Engagement. She was born and raised in Nome, Alaska and is Ugiuvak (King Island) Inupiaq.
She previously served as the Self-Governance Liaison for Norton Sound Health Corporation. Focused on establishing a public policy path to water and sewer service for unserved communities in Alaska, she created sanitation indicators to improve community oversight of infrastructure projects, increased community access to technical engineering and environmental services and helped establish a regional tribal utility cooperative with cities, tribes and corporations in the Bering Strait region. She was the Alaska Federation of Native’s 2016 Keynote speaker. She has served as the Chief of the King Island Native Community in Nome, Alaska and is a former Commissioner of the Port of Nome.
She served as a professional staffer for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and 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. She was the lead staffer in establishing the Senate Arctic Caucus.
Megan takes pride in learning the Ugiuvak language. She earned a Master’s in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Economics from George Mason University.