Curtis Thayer, Commissioner
Curtis Thayer leads the State of Alaska’s Department of Administration, a diverse agency of ten divisions and five independent boards and commissions that provides both support services to state government and direct services for Alaskans. Areas under his oversight include the divisions of Retirement and Benefits, Finance, Enterprise Technology Services, General Services and Personnel & Labor Relations, among others.
Thayer was appointed to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Administration by Governor Sean Parnell in December 2013 and confirmed unanimously by the Alaska Legislature in April 2014. Prior to his current position, he served as Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration since August 2012. Before joining the Department, he was Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development since 2009.
Thayer also serves as chair of the Alaska Board of Marine Pilots. At the Department of Commerce he was responsible for Divisions of Banking & Securities, Insurance, Corporations, Business and Professional Licenses, Community and Regional Affairs, and Economic Development. He previously sat on the boards of Alaska Housing Finance Corp, Alaska Gas Line Development Corp, and Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board.
As an active participant in the Alaska business community, Curtis also serves on the Board of Directors of Abused Women in Crisis (AWAIC). He is the past Chairman of the Anchorage Public Safety Advisory Commission, and he has also served on the Board of Directors of Armed Services YMCA. His leadership and initiative in the community led to his recognition by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce in its annual “Top Forty Under Forty” awards.
He has extensive experience in energy development, having worked for ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, as well as the Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Team. He also spent several years in Washington, D.C., working for Congressman Don Young and the Committee on Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives, and later working with Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski. Thayer has worked to implement Governor’s Parnell’s agenda of strengthening Alaska’s economy and communities, including reducing regulatory burden, increasing business opportunities, providing tax relief and increased growth for Alaska’s small businesses.
Born in Anchorage, Curtis grew up in Alaska and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He lives in Anchorage with his wife, Josie Thayer, and their son.
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