Staff Biographies

David van den Berg, Executive Director

David van den Berg came to Alaska in 1989 to help clean up oil spilled from the Exxon Valdez. He moved to Fairbanks later that year. Before joining the Downtown Association of Fairbanks as its Executive Director in July of 2008, he was the Executive Director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. Before that, he was president of Arctic Wild, a wilderness guiding company operating throughout Alaska’s Arctic. An avid dog musher, he once traversed the North Slope by dog team from Wiseman via Anaktuvuk Pass to Umiat, onward to Nuiqsut, then by an easterly misadventure through the Prudhoe Bay oilfields to the Dalton Highway. Perhaps surprisingly, he loves being downtown. David is married to Amy Cook; they have two children, Eleanor and Henri.

Jeremia1Jeremia Schrock, Communications Director

Jeremia Schrock came to the Last Frontier in 1997 and is proud of his sourdough status. He studied history and philosophy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and his undergraduate research was on an economic interpretation for the settlement of Iceland. He has spent most of his professional years as a freelance journalist and photographer – with a stint as a fine jewelry salesman. He enjoys reading, writing, foreign beers and anything except free-form jazz. In the summer, you can find him bicycling around the city. He lives near downtown with his wife Jamie.


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