Anchorage Economic Development Corp. is pleased to welcome Moira Sullivan as the new Director for Live. Work. Play., AEDC’s initiative to make Anchorage the #1 city in America by 2025. Ms. Sullivan, who will begin at AEDC next February, will continue the work of current Director, Archana Mishra, whose dedication made a significant and lasting impact on the Anchorage community. Ms. Mishra will be leaving AEDC in mid-December.

The Live. Work. Play. initiative was started by the AEDC board of directors in 2010, and in January of 2013, AEDC hired Archana Mishra to serve as the program’s Director. During her three-year tenure, Live. Work. Play. grew significantly, from 35 supporters in 2010, to more than 200 volunteers and 158 partner organizations in 2015. Ms. Mishra oversaw many important milestones for the initiative, including the re-structuring of the program after the 2013 Live. Work. Play. Summit; greater outreach through the initiative’s e-newsletter, and the I Love Anchorage Instagram account; two immensely successful First Friday Live. Work. Play. signature events; the administration of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz selecting the program as one of its key areas of focus; and the relaunch of the Live. Work. Play. Survey which generated more than 1,250 responses.

“Archana’s ability to connect, convene, cajol and cheerlead has contributed heavily to the program’s success to date,” said Bill Popp, AEDC president and CEO. “We are extremely grateful for her three years of service to AEDC and her dedication to the Anchorage community as a whole. Because of her hard work, Live. Work. Play. shows increasing success and continues to draw community-wide support. We are all better for her efforts.”

Filling Ms. Mishra’s position as Live. Work. Play. Director is Moira Sullivan, a fifth-generation Alaskan who joins AEDC following two years working for the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington DC. In her former position, Ms. Sullivan focused primarily on issues of community development and access to capital for small businesses, first as a policy adviser in the Office of Capital Markets, and most recently as the Communications Manager for the Small Business Lending Fund and State Small Business Credit Initiative programs.

Ms. Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in finance from Trinity College in Dublin. She has been actively involved in Anchorage policy issues, as a columnist for the Perfect World section of the Anchorage Daily News, a member of the United Way Youth Advisory Board and a legislative aide in the Alaska State Legislature.

“We are pleased to welcome Moira to the team and know that her experience and passion for economic development and community engagement will be instrumental in moving the initiative forward and picking up where Archana left off,” noted Popp.

In her new position as Live. Work. Play Director, Ms. Sullivan will focus on bringing partners together, enhancing community participation and providing sound advocacy to achieve the goal of making Anchorage the #1 city in America to live, work and play by 2025.

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