Born, raised, and educated in Alaska, James “Jim” Gamble directed the Aleut International Association (AIA) from 2007 to 2017, including six years as its executive director/CEO. Jim brings a deep commitment to the empowerment of indigenous leadership, evidenced through his work with the Alaska Native leaders and initiatives he started at AIA. These included increasing Aleut participation in the organization and increasing AIA’s participation at the Arctic Council, where it serves as one of the international indigenous “permanent participants.” Jim also helped manage a project to map subsistence activities in five Alaskan and three Russian locales and the production of an Arctic Council-endorsed report on the impact of heavy fuel oil on indigenous communities and subsistence practices. Jim is a board member of Arctic 360, a senior fellow at Institute of the North, and has numerous publications on, and experience with, core Arctic issues such as marine contaminants, climate change, heavy fuel oil, and the survival of subsistence-based communities. Jim has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Alaska Anchorage.