Committee co-chair biographies

Admiral Tom Barrett

President, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company

Admiral Tom Barrett, USCG (ret.) became the President of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on January 1, 2011.

Barrett previously served as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation and the first Administrator of the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), directing the agency's national safety programs for hazardous materials and liquid, natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous liquid pipelines. Prior to that, he served 35 years in the United States Coast Guard and attained the position of Vice Commandant, the number two position in the Coast Guard. He commanded Coast Guard operations in Alaska and the North Pacific from 1999 to 2002, emphasizing safety and environmental protection. Other Alaska tours included Kodiak and Juneau.  He and his wife have lived in Alaska for 18 years.

Barrett earned a B.S. in Biology from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y., and a Juris Doctor with honors from the George Washington University. He is a Vietnam veteran. His wife Sheila is a former kindergarten teacher who taught in Kodiak and Juneau, as well as other states. They have 4 children.



Aaron Schutt

President & CEO, Doyon, Limited

As president and CEO of Doyon, Limited, Aaron M. Schutt is responsible for working with the Board of Directors to set the overall direction of the Doyon Family of Companies and provide leadership to its senior management team. Schutt has worked at Doyon since 2006. Prior to being named President and CEO, Schutt served as senior vice president and chief operating officer from 2008 to 2011.

Schutt clerked for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Alexander Bryner after graduating from Stanford Law School. He holds a master’s of science in civil engineering from Stanford University, and graduated with honors and as an S. Town Stephenson scholar from Washington State University with a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering. Before joining Doyon in 2006, Schutt was an attorney at the Anchorage offices of national law firms Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson, LLP and Heller Ehrman, LLP, where he represented tribal and ANCSA corporation clients in transactional and business matters.

He serves as a director of Akeela, Inc., the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. He also coaches youth hockey. In 2004, Schutt was named as a recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s “Top 40 Under 40” award.

Schutt is Koyukon Athabascan and is an enrolled member of the Native Village of Tanana. He was born in Anchorage and raised in Tok. He is married to Marissa Flannery and together they have two sons and a daughter.



Miranda Wright

Director, Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development.

Miranda Wright serves as director of UAF’s Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development. She has served on the Doyon, Limited board of directors since 1995. She has held the office of chair and currently serves as the board treasurer. Wright chairs the finance and investment board committee and serves on the Doyon Government Contracting, Inc. board. She chairs the Community Advisory Board for Holland America/Westours and is active on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Native Education. She has both a BA and MA degree in Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She served as the executive director of the Doyon Foundation from 1995-2002 as well as serving on numerous boards and commissions focused on economic development and native education. Ms. Wright is Koyukon Athabascan and a member of the Nulato tribe. She and her husband Gareth make their home in Fairbanks along with a large extended family.

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