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Alaska Oil and Gas hires Brandon Brefczynski

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The Alaska Oil and Gas Association has hired Brandon Brefczynski as its new external affairs manager, replacing Sarah Erkmann Ward, who recently launched a consultancy, Blueprint Alaska, with Jennifer Thompson of Thompson & Co. Public Relations.

Raised in Fairbanks, Brefczynski has had a career navigating the Alaska Legislature, most recently as Finance Committee aide for Rep. Steve Thompson of Fairbanks. Brandon also worked for Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole, former Rep. Doug Issacson of North Pole, and former Sen. Bill Stoltze of Chugiak.

He served at the Department of Environmental Conservation as the commissioner’s legislative liaison during the Parnell Administration.

As AOGA’s external affairs manager, Brefczynski will be responsible for legislative affairs, policy development, and strategic communication, the organization wrote in a press release today.

“Brandon brings a wealth of experience to our team,” said AOGA Executive Director Kara Moriarty. “We are confident he will be a leader for AOGA as we continue to advocate for the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry.”

Brefczynski graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in political science.

AOGA is a professional trade association whose mission is to foster the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry in Alaska for the benefit of all Alaskans. More information about the organization can be found at

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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