Mimi Lesniak

Assistant to the Director

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Phone:  907-474-7127

Mimi works as Assistant to the Director of SNAP, Director of the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, and Deputy Director of the International Arctic Research Center. She also provides administrative support for the staff.

Mimi’s specialty is being a generalist, or jack-of-all-trades, holding a BA from The Ohio State University in International Studies. She is the lifeline for day-to-day activities in the office and beyond, and her forward thinking helps with planning and supporting a cutting-edge Climate Research Network. Mimi received the UAF Chancellor’s Cornerstone Award in 2022 for her sustained excellence in leadership and service.

In her life away from the office, Mimi enjoys hanging out with family and friends, fishing, hiking, berry picking, exploring the waters of Prince William Sound, and reading. Mimi may one day become a regenerative ocean farmer giving back to the ocean and the Alaska communities for future generations.