Schawna Thoma joins Northern Compass Group LLC as Vice President. Most recently, she worked as State Director for U.S. Senator Mark Begich in his Anchorage office.

Schawna Thoma is Vice President of Northern Compass Group LLC where her portfolio includes providing a strategic action and advice for a variety of businesses, unions and non-profit organizations. In addition, she serves as a founding board member and officer of the U.S. Hot Springs Business & Trade Association.  She previously worked as State Director and Senior Staff member for U.S. Senator Mark Begich. 

Schawna has worked on policy and legislation in the areas of aviation, transportation infrastructure, worker’s rights, travel and tourism, fisheries, public lands and more. 

Schawna served under Mayor Mark Begich from 2003-2008 as Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development for the Municipality of Anchorage where she worked on a variety of major economic development projects including the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, museum expansion and downtown redevelopment.  

Schawna spent five years as Chief of Staff for Senator Johnny Ellis in the Alaska State Legislature and has served as campaign manager and field director on many political and bond campaigns. 

She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where she earned a B.S. in Public Law & Government and Journalism.   She serves on the Executive Board of the Anchorage League of Women Voters and participated in the 2018 Citizens Police Academy. 

Schawna is married to Michael Powell, PhD and lives in Anchorage, AK, where she enjoys skiing and hiking in the Alaskan wilderness.


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