Julie Sande is the new Commissioner for Trade and Economic Development

Governor Mike Dunleavy today selected Julie Sande as the new commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Sande was most recently Executive Director of Pioneer Home in Ketchikan. She currently serves on the boards of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and the Alaska Energy Authority. Sande replaces commissioner Julie Anderson, who announced her retirement earlier this month.

“Julie Sande ran the Pioneer Home in Ketchikan with distinction and has an impeccable record of public service,” Dunleavy said. “I have full confidence that his proven leadership abilities and knowledge of the Alaskan business sector will result in a successful tenure in the Department of Commerce.”

“I have always been so proud to have been raised in Alaska, especially in remote and rural Alaska,” said new commissioner Julie Sande. “Having spent most of my career serving the pioneers and elders of our great state has helped me appreciate our history and appreciate how creative and hardworking these people must have been. Owning small family businesses during a pandemic gives me a clear understanding of some of the challenges Alaskans face. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Governor and the DCCED team to continue the work they have done to serve Alaskans and help build stronger communities.

Sande earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Southern California. She is also a lifelong Alaskan who was raised mostly in remote logging camps in Southeast Alaska, where she still enjoys spending time.