Luke Fanning has been named CEO of the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Community Development Association.
APICDA's board of directors made the announcement last week after a six-month search for Larry Cotter's replacement.
The founding CEO is retiring at the end of the month, while Fanning transitions from his current role as APICDA's chief financial officer.
"It is an honor to be passed the torch to carry on this critical work of supporting human and economic development in our member communities by building infrastructure, stimulating commerce, and providing grants, jobs, scholarships, and workforce development opportunities,” said Fanning in an APICDA press release."
The nonprofit is a part of western Alaska's community develop quota (CDQ) program, allocating some of the region's crab, groundfish, and halibut. Its profits support development in Akutan, Atka, False Pass, Nelson Lagoon, Nikolski, and St. George.
Before joining APICDA, Fanning worked for the First National Bank of Alaska and as a halibut and salmon fisherman.