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Angela Rodell removed as chief of Alaska Permanent Fund

Without explanation, the board of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation fired CEO Angela Rodell today. On a vote of 5-1, with Bill Moran of Ketchikan voting against her removal, Rodell was released immediately, after a performance review that had occurred in executive session. The chair of the board, Craig Richards, proposed the removal of Rodell.

The corporation, owned by the State of Alaska but operated separately to manage Alaska’s sovereign wealth fund, issued a statement:

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“After the review and completion of the annual Executive Director evaluation, the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation have decided to undertake a search for a new executive director to lead the Permanent Fund in its continued growth and evolving role in support of Alaska.

“The Board is grateful for Director Rodell’s service and engagement during her tenure and wishes her well.

In the interim, while the Board conducts a search for a replacement executive director, the Board has designated the Chief Financial Officer Valerie Mertz as the acting Executive Director.  The Board has complete confidence in her ability to manage the Corporation and the Fund during this transition.”

“During the most recent fiscal year, the fund gained 29.73% in value, the most of any year since its creation, and as of Wednesday, its total unaudited value was $83.5 billion. The fund is the source of two-thirds of Alaska’s state revenue, far more than oil and all other taxes combined.

Rodell was named the CEO of the fund six years ago by Gov. Bill Walker.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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.


  1. If she was doing such a good job, they fired her because? Something nefarious is going on and we, the peope are not allowed to know about it? NOT GOOD!!

  2. I doubt we will ever see PFDs as we did in the 90’s.
    This state and it’s leadership has gone to S#!+…

      • His hands are tied by Congress… Look at what he proposed – a Constitutional Amendment to enshrine the statutory formula, then we he saw that couldn’t possibly pass the legislature, a 50/50 split amendment which still would have provided a much bigger PFD.

      • It is the legislative branch that decides how much dividend. In case you didn’t know they have all been with democrats the past few sessions and it didn’t matter that the Governor wanted.

  3. Does anyone really know these individuals and what they’re political leanings are? The PF has done really well as of late. Are they now going to go “woke” and only invest in “green” companies? We need more info on this new interim leader and who in in charge of hiring the new manager.

      • …true comparison between any fund and DJIA needs to include Beta (I.e., risk). I suspect APFD Trustees are risk adverse, accepting less than DJIA returns in good years in return for less losses than DJIA in bad years.

    • People will clam up. This reminds me of when millions of dollars was found out to be missing from the state department when Hillary quit. Also when slick Willy raided the Haitian relief fund account. I’m not saying there’s any money missing because I have no way of finding that out but I’m not saying it’s all there either. This is more than a popularity contest gone bad. She’s been there too long for that. Perhaps the one who supported her will come clean.

    • I think you’re on to it Jim. Looks like our portfolio went “woke.” Alaska’s tree of life has “woke” branches grafted in now.


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  5. There has to be a class action lawsuit here in the making, People vs State of Alaska! Just need a young up and coming lawyer to file for us. Our State Constitution is clear that the fund belongs to the People. Makes we want to get yet another degree just to fight this travesty against “the People”!

  6. She oversaw some of the biggest Permanent Fund growth in recent history! I suspect that the deep state RINOs are taking her out because they want to reduce our PFDs during the election year

  7. “During the most recent fiscal year, the fund gained 29.73% in value, the most of any year since its creation,”

    Some years ago, two really great PF managers quit because they were offered better pay, without political micro-management, in the S-48. Now the manager whom oversaw the PF greatest year gets fired. Just can’t resist trying to destroy the PF, can you?

  8. I was wondering why Dermot Cole was squawking on Twitter for days about the PFD Corp and supposed wrongdoing by Dunleavy. It must have something to do with this, I assume the fired director is a Democrat.

    • Angela Rodell competently served as Revenue Commissioner in the Parnell Administration. She was one of the first Commissioners replaced by Walker/Mallott.

    • Angela Rodell competently served as Revenue Commissioner in the Parnell Administration. She was one of the first Commissioners replaced by Walker/Mallott.

  9. Perhaps a philosophical difference in long-term investment strategies. Cambridge Associates, one of the superstars in the AK PFD portfolio, has a lot of China- climate investment speak on their website. Some spaghetti for the wall, just sayin’.

  10. The last line says it all. She was hired by Bill Walker.. I think there’s a conflict in that Bill Walker is “TRYING?” to be re-elected for Governor again..

    • To add: the five other trustees plus our Gov Dunleavy voted against her, along that, from the source I’ve been reading, she objected to Dunleavy’s temporary overdrawing the fund for a bigger PFD towards the constitutional guaranteed dividend proposed by the governor. It sounds like she was rejecting him to have it a constitutional guarantee. Since she was appointed by B Walker, with him re-entering the election process..???.

  11. Very unlikely that something nefarious is going on with the oversight of both advisors and the Revenue Commissioner. More than likely it was a personnel matter in which case the board would have been better disposed to allow her to resign , thereby avoiding the suspicion and stigma. The investment results would indicate a commendable effort on her part. Suzanne will find out and be straightforward and fair in her accounting..

  12. The fund gained 29.73% in value, while the NASDAQ index gained 43.64%
    Give me her paycheck, I’ll invest the PF in ^NDX and make the state 14% more money. With my eyes closed.

  13. Doesn’t matter who appointed her, with those types of returns she has been a great asset to the corp and the State. Doesn’t make sense to can her.

  14. No surprise here , Political appointment at the pleasure 🙂 , what’s of great concern should be, will the next session in Juneau change anything ?
    Will investment in Alaska’s ” peoples ” liberty’s & their PFD’s &
    their financial wellbeing ,in the light of increases in “STATE revenue OIL taxes ” & PF earnings ?

    The now “focus” will shift to nothing but political election’s ! A never-ending squirrel cage of corruption !

  15. Ms. Rodell was never Chief Investment Officer. So to ascribe investment performance to her (good or bad) does not make any sense. Not even a little.

    • OK. “The Fund’s goal should be to maintain safety of principal while maximizing total return.” This suggests that “investment performance” with minimal risk is a big part of Rodell’s job as CEO but you think this doesn’t make any sense.
      You are showing your ignorance here IMO.

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