Our Mission: Promote a healthy economy, strong communities, and protect consumers in Alaska.

About Us

Commissioner Susan K. Bell

Susan Bell was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development in July 2010 by Governor Sean Parnell.

Bell serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) and the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), as state co-chair of the federal Denali Commission, and as a member of the Alaska Railroad Board of Directors.

She has held numerous senior-level business management and marketing positions in Alaska; she understands the challenges faced by communities and small businesses in this state. In her recent role as a Special Assistant to the Governor, she contributed to several initiatives that strengthened Alaska's economy and communities, including enhanced business financing, increased marketing funding for Alaska's industries, and tax relief.

As a principal for the research and consulting firm McDowell Group, Bell managed a wide array of economic and community development projects. She has worked closely with Alaska community leaders and residents, ANCSA corporations, nonprofit organizations, tribal entities, and state and federal agencies. As a Vice President for Goldbelt, Incorporated, Bell had responsibility for marketing and management of nearly a dozen separate business ventures.

Born in Nome and raised in Fairbanks, Bell has been a Southeast Alaska resident since 1987. She is a shareholder of Bering Straits Native Corporation and Sitnasuak Native Corporation. Bell received a bachelor's degree from the University of Alaska. She volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters and enjoys spending time outdoors.



Office Contacts:
(907) 465-2500
Daniel Patrick O'Tierney Deputy Commissioner (907) 465-2500
Curtis Thayer Assistant Commissioner (907) 465-2500
Dru Fenster Communications Coordinator (907) 465-2523
Roberta Graham Special Assistant (907) 269-8115
Crystal Koeneman Legislative Liaison (907) 465-2503
Susie Burger Executive Secretary (907) 465-2500
Reception Desk
(907) 269-8100
FAX Number
(907) 269-8125