Originally, the Land Trust had a founding Board of three, including a handful of volunteers. Today, it is directed by a nine-member local Board of Directors and four standing committees, which serve without compensation, and a small professional staff responsible for carrying out a program for land conservation.

Professional Staff

“Alaska has many wonderful, awe inspiring places. And I have been lucky to experience many of them. But none are quite as special and full of meaning for me as Southeast Alaska.” –Frank Rue

Frank Rue
Executive Director
Frank Rue graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Masters in Landscape Architecture.  Since 1977 Frank has worked on resource management issues in Alaska.  He began his career working with communities on their Coastal Management Plans.  Then he was part of the Department of Natural Resources State Land Planning unit.  He was appointed as the Director of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Habitat Division before becoming the Commissioner of Fish and Game.Frank served on the SEAL Trust Board for years before becoming the Executive Director in July of 2013.  Frank enjoys just about anything having to do with the outdoors in Alaska.

“Southeast Alaska’s natural treasures enjoy increased significance to me the more I kayak along its wild shores and travel around the world.” -Gretchen Keiser


Gretchen Keiser
Conservation Specialist
Gretchen has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Science Education from Cornell University and a Master’s of Science in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In Alaska since the mid-1970s, Gretchen has worked in natural resources as a field biologist, legislative analyst, coastal program manager, city planner and water quality regulatory manager.She serves on the Board of Directors for True North Federal Credit Union and Rainforest Yoga – two not-for-profit organizations important to the well being of the Juneau community. Gretchen brings her enthusiasm for the conservation of Southeast Alaska’s natural landscapes, coupled with her personal interests in kayaking, gardening, yoga, and travel.

"When the sun is shining this is the best place on earth (SE Alaska) and when its not-its still not half bad" - Angie Hoffard



Angie Hoffard
Conservation Assistant
Angie has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Forest Management from Oregon State University.  She first discovered her love of Southeast Alaska through a University exchange program at UAS in 2006.  Angie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for a nonprofit environmental organization in eastern Jamaica.  She has over 6 years of natural resource experience working for various private companies, nonprofits and governmental organizations.Angie enjoys fishing, hiking and simply enjoying the mountains and waters of Southeast Alaska.

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