The primary role of Government Relations is to advocate on behalf of the University of Alaska by building and promoting positive relationships with federal, state, and local policymakers and stakeholders to ensure funding and policy initiatives that reflect the needs of the university.
Government Relations is committed to connecting the University of Alaska's world-class expertise to policymakers at all levels of government, aiding in their work to enhance Alaska's economy and quality of life.
Director of State Relations
In Juneau during session: 227 4th Street, Juneau
In Fairbanks: 2025 Yukon Drive, Suite 202, Fairbanks, AK 99775
Chad Hutchison will join the UA team as the Director of State Relations as of Jan. 4. Chad has been the Alaska Senate Majority Counsel since January 2013, and has consistent,
proven experience with the development and passage of legislation. Chad is known for maintaining strong, trustworthy, meaningful relationships within the
Legislature and the executive branch. He has been a licensed, practicing attorney since 2007 and started his career in private
practice at Cook, Schuhmann and Groseclose (CSG) in Fairbanks. As Senate Majority
Counsel, part of his responsibilities included legal analysis, advocacy and communicating
on a wide variety of topics that affect all of Alaska.
Chad was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. He graduated from UAF with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis on management. He earned his law degree from Gonzaga University.
Director of Federal Relations
John Latini joined the University of Alaska on Feb. 28, 2022 as the Director of Federal
Relations. For the past 15 years, Latini has worked in Washington D.C. and brings
both higher education and congressional experience to his new role with the university.
Since 2014, he has been with Penn State University including as Director of Federal Relations leading the university’s DC-based advocacy efforts to increase federal funding for scientific research and student financial aid.
Government Relations Manager
Sara Perman joined the UA Government Relations Team in December 2021. Prior to joining the UA team, Sara worked as a legislative aide in the Alaska State House for four years, working in the offices of House Speaker Louise Stutes and Representative Matt Claman. During her time in the Legislature, Sara focused primarily on transportation and energy issues. She was responsible for the passage of several pieces of legislation, and she worked closely with state departments to develop their annual budgets.