Organizational Charts & Biographies

Chief Innovation Officer - John Wanamaker


Academics, Students and Research
(907) 830-3000
Bragaw Office Center #2   101C
1835 Bragaw Street
Anchorage, AK, 99508

John Wanamaker was appointed as Chief Innovation Officer in January 2019 and is based in the Statewide offices in Anchorage. Wanamaker reports to Paul Layer, Vice President for Academics, Students & Research, and works with the president and chancellors to coordinate entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization efforts across the system.

As a business leader, investor and consultant, Wanamaker has many years of experience and has founded several successful companies. He is a serial entrepreneur and investor who has served as either Founder or CEO of companies ranging from: wireless communication, aerospace launch vehicles, electronic monitored security, real estate development and angel investing. His focus has been on the creation of value and the monetization of that value.

In his university role he is responsible for moving UA innovations to commercialization and building connections between the UA research community and the private sector.

Active in his community, Wanamaker donates his time to a number of organizations. He is the Chair of Alaska Regional Hospital’s Board of Trustees; former Chair of the Board of Trustees, Alaska Pacific University where he served for 18 years; was a member of Community Advisory Board for Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE); is a Director of Seawolf Holdings, the for-profit entity of the University of Alaska Anchorage responsible for technology licensing and commercialization; served for more than six years as a Board Member of the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska’s largest philanthropic foundation. He also served as Honorary Commander for the 477th Fighter Group (F-22 Raptors) at Elmendorf Air Force Base; and is a Co-Founder (with his wife Karin) of the Anchorage Schools Foundation.

Wanamaker is a graduate of the University of Chicago, is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and a graduate of the Executive Program in Exponential Technologies at Singularity University.



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