Anchorage, Alaska, Nov 03, 2011 -- USDA-RD Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund today announced Ms. Tiffany Zulkosky has been hired as the new USDA-RD Alaska West Area Manager starting on November 7th. The West Area covers the Bristol Bay, Calista, Bering Straits and NANA Regions with the main office in Bethel and satellite offices in Dillingham and Nome.
“The needs of the West Area are considerable and Tiffany is uniquely suited to address them. She is Yup’ik, grew up in Bethel, is well educated and has strong experience in the public arena including serving as Bethel’s mayor,” stated Nordlund.
“Tiffany is highly knowledgeable about the area and the issues it faces. She will assist Rural Development in tailoring projects to improve the economic well-being and quality of life of area residents. Such projects may include funding through our Housing, Utilities, Business or Community Facilities programs,” said Nordlund.
Among Ms. Zulkosky’s other accomplishments include serving on the Bethel Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; being appointed by U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) to serve as his Rural Director, serving as keynote speaker at the 2009 First Alaskans Elders & Youth Conference and being named 2011 Northwest University Alumnus of the Year. Zulkosky remains active in the Native Emerging Leaders Forum workgroup and is a member of the Alaska Native Policy Center’s Dialogues on Racial Equity project.
USDA-Rural Development administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $155 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
For more information, visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov