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Ernesta Ballard

Ernesta BallardErnesta Ballard is a consultant with a practice focused on effective performance of companies formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. She previously served as senior vice president, Corporate Affairs, for Weyerhaeuser. In this role she led Environment, Health and Safety, Government Affairs, Corporate Communications and the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation. From 2002–2004 she served in the cabinet of the governor of the state of Alaska as commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation. Prior of joining the governor’s cabinet, she had a consulting practice specializing in regulatory strategy with an emphasis on management systems for protection of the environment, health and safety. She was the chief executive of Cape Fox, an ANCSA corporation from 1989 – 1995. In 1997 Ballard was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the board of governors of the U.S. Postal Service, where she chaired the Audit Committee. From 1983–1986 she was the administrator of Region 10 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ballard holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania (1967), attended Oxford University on a Thouron Scholarship and received an MBA from Harvard University (1970).

Ballard served for many years on the board of the University of Washington Medical Center, and the Ketchikan General Hospital. She is a past board member and officer of the Alaska Forest Association and a founding member of the Ketchikan Humane Society. She was a founding member and served as chairman of LifeCenter Northwest, the organ donation organization for Washington, Montana and Alaska.

Updated on February 10, 2012

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