Melissa Borton is the Indigenous Advancement Director for the First Alaskans Institute. Melissa was born, raised and still resides in Kodiak. She has worked in her community for 26 years in various positions geared towards advancing tribal sovereignty and the health and sustainability of our communities. She is an enrolled tribal member of the Chignik Lagoon Tribe, a BBNC and FarWest shareholder.
Melissa has been on the AFN board since 2016, but has been a member of AFN’s subsistence committee for longer. She has served as a school board member and was also the Language and Culture representative on the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council.