Executive Director, Adam Kolton
Adam rejoined Alaska Wilderness League as its executive director in October, 2017. Earlier in his career he worked for the organization as Arctic Campaign Director, leading the successful defense of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge during the early George W. Bush years. In that role, Adam traveled to Alaska extensively, working with Native leaders and state based groups and experiencing many of the state’s iconic landscapes first hand. He also testified before Congress, debated Arctic drilling before the House Democratic Caucus, the DC Bar Association and on major news outlets like CNN and Fox News. Between stints at the League, Adam held three different positions at National Wildlife Federation over the course of 15 years, most recently overseeing its 40 person Washington, DC office as Vice President of National Advocacy. During his NWF tenure Adam was once named one of the top environmental lobbyists by The Hill. He oversaw legislative strategy and campaigns related to the protection of public lands in the Rocky Mountain West, funding for agriculture conservation, the reform of U.S Army Corps of Engineers policies and the protection of millions of acres of wetlands and streams. Adam was also a co-chair of the America’s Great Waters Coalition and helped re-launch National Wildlife Federation Action Fund and its associated bipartisan political activities. Adam has had a variety of other roles including working in the public affairs department of Sierra Club, as the lead media coordinator for a 1992 presidential environmental forum and as a technical advisor of conservation awards given out by President George H.W Bush. Outside of the conservation arena, Adam co-founded a consumer advocacy group called Sports Fans United and an organization that arranged youth baseball events in and cultural exchanges with Puerto Rico. Adam graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has degrees in journalism and history. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife Laura, two boys and dog Riley.
Conservation Associate, Noa Banayan
Noa joined the Alaska Wilderness League as Conservation Associate in the summer of 2017 after graduating from American University in Washington, DC. She studied International Relations with a focus on environmental sustainability. Focused on domestic public lands issues now, she finds that the distance between Washington, DC and Alaska can certainly feel international at times! She learned more about how the sausage is made while interning with a couple of the League’s partners, and to her surprise, actually liked it. As Conservation Associate, Noa spends most of her time on the Hill talking to lawmakers (okay, their staff) about legislation that impacts public lands and waters in Alaska. When she’s not in the office or on the Hill, Noa spends as much time as she can playing outside, but will concede to the indoors for yoga, rock climbing walls, and stand-up comedy shows.
Development Coordinator, Paul Christianson
Paul joined the Alaska Wilderness team in early 2018. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013, where his studies ranged from Political Science and History to the German and Russian languages. He developed an interest in environmental issues early on in his life and has always been an outdoorsman. Prior to joining the League, he worked in a variety of positions across the political spectrum, gaining experience on Capitol Hill, congressional campaigns, and the field of political software. Paul seeks to involve more people in protecting these wild areas, and to help fund the dedicated team that keeps them that way.

Legislative Director, Leah Donahey
Leah joined Alaska Wilderness League in the fall of 2010. She grew up in campaign politics in Southern California and started advocating for candidates and issues at age 3. Her parents taught Leah the importance of citizen action and the environment especially through annual trips to Yosemite. For almost a decade before joining the League, Leah ran environmental protection campaigns for CREDO Action. Leah has in-depth experience in campaign strategy and policy initiative development, leading strategic coalitions, implementing the design and execution of online and in-person campaigns. Leah has led some of our most successful campaigns to protect the Arctic and manages all of our efforts in DC. While you can find Leah walking the halls of Congress, she spends her favorite hours rallying in the streets to protect Alaska, or hiking in our awesome public lands with both two- and four-legged friends.
Development Manager, Chris Konish
Chris began working at Alaska Wilderness League in September 2017. A California native, he graduated with a degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and shortly thereafter began fundraising for Los Angeles-based arts and education nonprofits while enjoying the beaches, mountains and deserts of southern California. After starting his career at nonprofit publisher Red Hen Press (featuring an Alaskan imprint, Boreal Books), he moved on to support individual fundraising at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, and later, transitioned into the world of grantmaking at the Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation. These experiences inform his work in managing the fundraising operations for the League, and help him ensure supporters remain connected and invested in protecting Alaska public lands and waters. As a new DC resident, Chris spends his off hours exploring the District and its nearby hiking trails with his wife and their dog.


Director of Finance and Operations, Mladen Mates
Mladen joined the Alaska Wilderness League team in January 2008. He graduated from Empire State College with a BA in International and European Economic Studies. He is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional and works daily to make the most of the League’s limited resources. He’s also an amazing photographer and our website features many of his images. When not at work, you can find him on the water honing his sailing skills or paddleboarding.
National Field Organizer, Lois Norrgard
With Alaska Wilderness League since 2007, Lois transitioned from small business owner to environmental organizer in 2000. As a powerhouse advocate for the protection of our amazing public lands in Alaska, she strengthens, empowers and organizes our passionate grassroots volunteers so they can leave a lasting impact on decision-makers. She cares deeply about sustainable living and spends time gardening, hiking with her dogs, and exploring nature’s beauty in her home state of Minnesota.
Public Land and Water Organizer, Megan Reschke
Megan joined the Alaska Wilderness League team in the fall of 2017. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2017, where she studied English and conducted research in the field of environmental rhetoric. While in school, she interned with the government relations team of a public interest conservation organization in Washington, D.C., and, upon graduation, went on to intern with the House Natural Resources Minority Committee. In August 2017, she finally gave in to her love of the mountains and moved up to Anchorage to join the League’s Alaska office…surrounded by mountains all the time. As an organizer, she works to empower Alaskans to speak up for their public lands and waters, and seeks to elevate their voices both within the state and nationally. When not at work, Megan spends as much time playing outside as possible.
Arctic Campaign Manager, Kelsie Rudolph
Kelsie joined Alaska Wilderness League in the spring of 2014. She graduated from Valparaiso University in 2013 with a BS in environmental science. Since starting as an intern with the League, Kelsie has held several positions within the organization. With a passion for environmental issues and a little fundraising support experience, she first started full time in the Development Department and after one year moved to the campaign/program team to work on our Arctic campaigns. As campaign manager, she supports our internal staff and external partners across our Arctic campaigns to run winning campaigns to stop oil and gas projects in the Arctic. In her free time, she enjoys reading, knitting, watching British crime dramas, and going to Orange Theory.
Director of Outreach, Monica Scherer
Monica develops and manages volunteer efforts for all the Leagues campaigns across the continental United States and coordinates efforts between partner organizations. She strives to empower and support individuals and organizations to engage in meaningful actions on behalf of Alaska’s public lands. Monica joined Alaska Wilderness League in January of 2007 as a field organizer and later started the Alaska Wild Educator Network, growing it currently to over 1000 educators across the country. Prior to working at the League, she worked at the League of Conservation Voters and for Representative Dingell. She has a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Widener University. In her free time she….wait, what free time?!
Operations Manager, Basia Sikora
Basia joined the League in the spring of 2013. She graduated from Illinois State University where she studied Political Science. Basia previously worked on logistics and operations for political campaigns in Illinois before moving to Washington DC to indulge her love of history. While working as an educational guide, with mostly foreign exchange students, Basia discovered the importance of passion when advocating — this is when she knew she wanted to pursue a nonprofit career. In her multifaceted role, she provides League staff with support and logistics that help League campaigns win. When Basia is not at work, she is surely thinking of her next adventure — which probably includes chasing a flying disc somewhere across the globe…or petting a local dog.
Online Director, Hilary Stamper
Hilary has been helping organizations and individuals drive progressive social change for more than 18 years. After graduating from Stanford with a MA/BA in psychology and a burning desire to help wildlife, Hilary spent nearly 10 years at Care2.com working with nonprofit clients. Now in the nonprofit sector, she continues to focus on developing winning online strategies that engage supporters and turn online activities into offline results. She has continued to evaluate and couple online tools with concise, compelling communications that make it easy for individuals to give money and take actions to protect our wild places. When not working, coaching club soccer or tending a menagerie of pets and kids, she and her dogs are running along the beach or sauntering through California mountains.