Nick Mangini – Mariculture Director

Nick has been farming kelp since the state’s first farms came online. His farm has been the site of a Department of Energy grant project to study the density possibilities of farms in Alaska. He sits on the Alaska Mariculture Alliance and Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is passionate about building mariculture in Alaska and looks forward to helping shape the industry in Southwest Alaska. He will be traveling to many communities this summer to make connections and will be in close contact with the mariculture liaisons to build back better funds.



David Nelson – Executive Director

After completing his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, in 2018, he pursued his passion for service by commissioning into the Alaska Army National Guard.

Besides his military service, David has served as a State Representative in the 32nd Alaska state legislature. His tireless efforts have resulted in the passage of numerous pieces of legislation that have made a significant difference in the lives of Alaskans. His leadership and commitment to service have earned him several accolades, including The Council of State Governments’ 2022 Top 20 Under 40 Leadership Award and the IOP Emerging Leader recognition by the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.

In summary, David is a model public servant, a dedicated leader, and a passionate community member, embodying the qualities that make Alaska great. His commitment to service and excellence inspires others to follow in his footsteps, positively impacting the state and beyond.