Steve Wackowski is the Senior Adviser for Alaska Affairs to Secretary David Bernhardt at the Department of the Interior. In his role as Senior Adviser, Steve serves as one of six appointees on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. He is also the head of the U.S. delegation on the International Porcupine Caribou Board.
Steve is an officer in the Air Force Reserve assigned to the 611th Air Operations Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. In his military career he served in contingency operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti. His DoD-sponsored graduate school research focused on national security impacts of an ice-free Arctic, with a focus on high latitude remote sensing capabilities. In his award winning research, he deployed on the joint US/Canadian 2011 Extended Continental Shelf Mapping mission onboard the Icebreakers HEALY and LOUIS S St-LAURENT and conducted the first ever SUAS flights from underway icebreakers in the high Arctic, less than 100 miles from the North Pole.
In his civilian career, Steve served as the Campaign Manager for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s successful 2016 reelection bid and as Communications Director for Senator Murkowski’s 2010 historic write-in campaign. He also managed operations for an Alaska Native Corporation joint venture with Fairweather Science that focused on survey work and mapping on Alaska’s North Slope through use of manned and unmanned remote sensing technologies.
In addition to his work in Alaska, Steve spent several years working on Capitol Hill for Senator Ted Stevens. He served as a Professional Staff member on the US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee, where his issue portfolio included oceans, atmosphere, and maritime policy. His work with Senator Stevens culminated in serving as the Senator’s Press Secretary.
He graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a BS in Computer Science and from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Intelligence University with a Master of Science and Technology Intelligence.
Steve lives in Anchorage with his wife and two sons. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and teaching his boys about the outdoors.
Address: 4230 University Drive, Suite 300, Anchorage, AK 99508