Early Elvi

In 1982, I moved to Anchorage from New Jersey with my young son, Ramon. As a single parent, I experienced the challenges of life in a new city, along with the excitement of adventure in Anchorage. I immediately became involved in many civic and community service organizations that I continue to support today including Four A's, Identity, Inc., the ARC of Anchorage, STAR (Standing Together Against Rape), AWAIC (Abused Women's Aid in Crisis), Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Boys & Girls Club of Alaska.  I've also served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Alaska and the Woodside East Homeowners Association.

Public Service

My public service career began working with the Public Transit Department as the Executive Secretary to the Director in 1983.  My administrative expertise was recognized, and I was hired to work with the Anchorage Assembly as the Administrative Assistant for the newly established Office of the Assembly Budget Analyst in 1988. With diligence, drive and dedication, I was promoted to Senior Budget Analyst in 1992.  Throughout my years working with the Assembly, my financial competence and leadership skills was recognized which led to a promotion - Director of the Assembly Budget and Legislative Services Office in 2001.  During my career working with the Assembly, I worked with 42 assembly members and five Anchorage mayors. I consider my willingness and patience to listen and assist constituents among my most important contributions to our community.

In 2007, I was determined to enhance my dedication to community service so I ran for public office losing by only 366 votes.   I decided to run again and, in 2008, Anchorage voters elected me to serve in the Midtown Assembly District. I was re-elected in 2011 and 2014, serving as Vice-Chair from December 2015 to April 2016 and Chair from April 2016 to April 2017.

Education

In addition to attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, I earned my Associate's of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as many professional development courses.

National Leadership

Anchorage has been an integral member of the National League of Cities (NLC) for over 50 years. I served on the NLC Board of Directors for four consecutive years, and on the Board Finance and Investment Advisory Committees. The NLC represents 19,000 cities, towns and villages and 283 million Americans through its leadership and advocacy at both municipal and federal levels.

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ELVI HIGHLIGHTS

• Elvi has lived in Senate District I
   for 24 years

• Raised her son as a single mother

• UAA graduate

• Believes Civic and Community Service
  is crucial for a thriving community

• Served on various Boards of Directors

• Vast experience working with
   municipal budgets and finances

• Has worked with more than 42
   Assembly members and five Mayors

• Has been involved with the National
   League of Cities since 1999

• Served on the Anchorage Assembly
  from 2008 through 2017

• Served as mentor to two UAA social
   work students during their Practicum

• Recognized as a leader by various
   organizations including Alaska Center,
   Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest
   and Hawaii, and the University of
   Alaska Anchorage

• Received the YWCA/BP Women of
   Achievement Award, Ford Motor
   Company “Freedom Sisters” Women of
   Achievement Award among other
   awards

• Served as the “Grand Marshall” for both
   the Pride Parade and 4th of July Parade