Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Akis Gialopsos acting commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Outgoing DNR Commissioner Corri Feige announced she was leaving the department earlier this month to spend more time with her family in the Lower-48.
“I know from his time on my staff that Akis Gialopsos has both the management skills, and knowledge of resource development issues to run the department effectively,” Dunleavy said.
Gialopsos currently serves as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Governor Dunleavy. He was also chief of staff to the president of the Alaska State Senate during the 31st Alaska Legislature. Prior to that, Gialopsos served as the committee aide to the Senate Resources Committee for the 29thand 30th Alaska Legislatures.
Gialopsos is a lifelong Alaskan. Born and raised in Anchorage, he attended Gladys Wood Elementary and Dimond High School, before moving to Greece and receiving his diploma. He studied at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where he participated in the UAA Speech and Debate Program.
Gialopsos becomes acting commissioner effective July 1, 2022.