Lorena Skonberg has served as the Kodiak Villages representative to AFN since 2020. Lorena is vice-chair of the Ouzinkie Native Corporation (ONC) board, where she’s served as a director since 2014. Previous officer positions held with ONC include chair and secretary.
She is the Treasurer on the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation board and a member of the Koniag Anchorage Shareholder Committee. Previously, she served on the Koniag Education Foundation board and the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation Steering Committee.
Lorena holds an Associate of Arts degree in Accounting from Alaska Junior College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Administration from Western Oregon University. For over 25 years, her career has focused on working and advocating for Alaska Native people in the non-profit sector, employed by three statewide tribal organizations, with 18 years in tribal health.
Lorena was born in Kodiak and raised in the village of Ouzinkie. She daughter of James Sr., and the late Marie Skonberg. Her maternal grandparents are the late Fred and Esther (Carlsen) Chernikoff of Ouzinkie and the late James and Julia (Stepanoff) Skonberg of Chignik. Lorena is the mother of three adult sons and the proud grandmother of three grandsons. Her permanent residence is Anchorage, although she spends a significant amount of time in the Kodiak region.