3300 Arctic Boulevard, Suite 203 Anchorage, AK 99503


(907) 562-7380




Doug Griffin – Executive Director

Doug moved to Alaska with his parents, teachers with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, in 1964. He graduated from high school in Sitka and has lived in nine different communities in his fifty years in Alaska.


Doug is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. with a BS in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration. While obtaining his degrees he worked in the office of Alaska Senator Mike Gravel.


Doug has abundant experience over his 36 year career working in management and policy positions for the State of Alaska and various cities. He has worked for the Department of Community and Regional Affairs, the City of Valdez, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the City of St. Mary’s, and the City of Palmer. He has worked extensively with the Alaska Legislature in each career position and is knowledgeable about state and local government, economic development, and issues confronting rural Alaska.


Doug has lived in Anchorage for eighteen years with his wife Barbara and has a grown daughter/son-in-law, son, and three young granddaughters that also reside in Anchorage.


Erik OBrien – Economic Development Specialist

Growing up in Kodiak, with homegrown education and professional experience, Erik is 100% Alaskan, knowing exactly what makes the SWAMC region great! A global perspective allows for understanding the importance of an interconnected world, being both a world traveler and student of policy.


Erik received a Master’s of Science in Economics from UAF, and with a working history of starting business and supporting communities, he is an ideal fit to provide Community and Economic Development services to the SWAMC membership. Fishing roots stretching back generations and extending to present day salmon and halibut operations provides a unique perspective for associating a strong marine based economy with delivering opportunity and quality of life.


A data-driven approach for understanding strengths and weaknesses highlights key qualities in his ability to form networks to identify solutions for – energy, business planning, resource development and our most valuable, human capital.


When not pursuing interests in development economics, Erik enjoys being a family man to his wife and two daughters – who will undoubtedly grow to be world class fisherwomen.


Laura Vaught – Energy Coordinator

Laura graduated with honors from the University of Alaska Anchorage in May 2014 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. Raised in Alaska, she has developed a passion for the Alaskan way of life the more she’s learned and traveled about this vast and unique state.


Working at SWAMC has provided many opportunities for interaction with the people who call the Southwest home and to see just how stunningly beautiful the SWAMC region is. As Energy Coordinator, Laura grasps the logistical and energy challenges that remote Alaskan communities face, and she is proud to hold the role of managing SWAMC’s Department of Energy-funded Energy Network Grant.


Laura is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Resource & Applied Economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Outside of her work, Laura enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking, running, camping, and skiing.