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 

In Juneau during session: 227 4th Street, Juneau
Phone: 907-463-3086
In Fairbanks: 2025 Yukon Drive, Suite 202, Fairbanks, AK 99775
Phone: 907-450-8478

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.      


Miles Baker

Dustin Bryant

Director of Federal Relations


Dustin Bryant is the Director of Federal Relations based in Washington, D.C. In this role, Dustin serves as UA’s principal federal liaison, working to advance the university’s strategic priorities within Congress, the Executive, and federal agencies. He advocates for research, education, and training programs, and for higher-education policies that will benefit the university, our students and Alaska. Prior to joining UA, he served as Assistant Director of Federal Relations for the Texas A&M's University System representing A&M’s eleven campuses and seven state agencies in DC. Previously, Dustin was DC Representative for the Texas A&M Research Foundation and spent several years with lobbying firm Meyers & Associates. He started his career with Congressman Rubén Hinojosa of Texas. He received his B.S. in Agriculture from Texas A&M in 2004.

Weston Eiler

Government Relations Manager

Phone: 907-463-3086

Weston Eiler helps direct UA’s state government relations. Weston joined the university’s team after working for the Alaska State Legislature for nine years. His background includes overseeing the Capital Budget for the Senate Finance Committee and managing legislation for the Labor & Commerce Committee. Prior to working in government and higher education, Weston directed small-ship cruises in Alaska and the North Pacific. A lifelong Alaskan, Weston is an alumni of Willamette University.