Curtis Thayer was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration in August, 2012 by Governor Sean Parnell. Prior to joining the Department, he was Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development since 2009.
Thayer is responsible for the Divisions of Administrative Services, General Services, Personnel and Labor Relations, DMV, Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, and Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission. He will also be responsible for the Department’s legislative agenda. He 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.