Gloria O’Neill to Serve as Chair for National Commission

CITC President and CEO Gloria O’Neill

Southcentral Foundation congratulates Cook Inlet Tribal Council President and CEO Gloria O’Neill on her recent appointment to the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children, which demonstrates a continued commitment to the health and wellbeing of the Alaska Native Community. The commission is an independent federal committee which aims to identify challenges facing Native children in Alaska and across the U.S.

Following her appointment by House Speaker Paul Ryan, her fellow committee members elected O’Neill to serve as its chair. The commission is tasked with conducting a comprehensive study of federal, state, local, and tribal programs that serve Native children. The goal of the committee is to develop a system that delivers wrap-around services to Native youth.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to take all of the tenure, knowledge, and understanding developed over the course of my career and apply it toward the work of this important commission,” O’Neill said. “The positive impact we can have on the lives of our Native youth makes my heart sing.”

During her 20-year tenure as CITC’s President and CEO, O’Neill transitioned the organization into one that acts as an ambassador of Native interests on a regional, statewide, and national level.

by Sharon Leighow

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