Our Team

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.

Cha Hutchison

Chad Hutchison

Director of State Relations 
email: clhutchison@alaska.edu

In Juneau during session: 227 4th Street, Juneau
Phone: 907-463-3086
Cell: 907-378-3946

In Fairbanks: 2025 Yukon Drive, Suite 202, Fairbanks, AK 99775
Phone: 907-450-8478

Chad Hutchison joined the UA team as the Director of State Relations as of Jan. 4, 2021.  As Director, Chad communicates with the Legislature and the executive branch during, and after, legislative sessions in Juneau.  

Previous to his employment with the UA, Chad was the Alaska Senate Majority Counsel starting back in 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.     

John Latini

John Latini

Director of Federal Relations

email:  jalatini@alaska.edu

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. 


Cassidy Hobbs

Cassidy Hobbs

Assistant Director of Federal Relations

email: chobbs6@alaska.edu

Cassidy Hobbs has been hired as the Assistant Director of Federal Relations for the University of Alaska System.  Her main duties will include maintaining communication and relationships with federal officials, sharing UA’s priorities, and monitoring and sharing information with key stakeholders regarding relevant legislation or agency decisions that may affect the university system.

Hobbs began working in Senator Murkowski’s office in 2018 as a staff assistant in her Anchorage office, assisting with constituent casework. In 2020, she moved to the Senator’s D.C. office and most recently had been working as a legislative aide on issues and policies relating to public health and social services, and interfacing with constituents and other federal partners.  

Hobbs was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and attended South Anchorage High School. She earned her bachelor’s in biochemistry and biology at PLU, and will be finishing up her Master’s in Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Children’s Mental Health this academic year at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

Sara Perman

Government Relations Manager

еmail: srperman@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-360-7271

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.