A lifelong Alaskan, Jackson Blackwell was born in Sitka and raised on the Kenai Peninsula. Jackson is a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Boise State University Honors College where he earned Distinguished Honors and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science. While an undergrad, Jackson had the opportunity to study at Aarhus University’s School of Business and Social Sciences in Denmark, as well as work on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee under then-Chairman Lisa Murkowski and with several political and nonprofit entities in Alaska and Washington, D.C. Jackson developed a deep and sincere appreciation for the Arctic region through his studies, work, and travels over the past several years. Since 2017, Jackson has served in several roles for the Arctic Encounter and now serves as Strategic Development Director. After graduating college in May 2021, he started full-time with the Anchorage-based firm, Kallander & Associates and works with clients across the political, economic, and business sectors. Jackson is a 2020 Harry S. Truman Scholar and is interning at the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute this summer through the Truman Summer Institute.