Meet Your Mayor
Lucy S. Nelson is a lifelong resident of the Northwest Arctic Borough, and was elected as Mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough in November 2018.
Lucy was born and raised in the region and graduated high school in 1982 at Aqqaluk (Noorvik) High School. She received her associate and bachelor’s degrees in Business from Alaska Pacific University in 2002 and 2003, and then a master’s degree in Business from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2010. The majority of her work experience has been in business and finance administration and management.
She is excited about her new role as Mayor. She feels that to be successful we must accept all challenges that come our way and do the best we can as individuals and in public service to address them. Lucy also believes that one person cannot achieve success alone: “Together, let’s move forward- Atautchikun Sivutmun Igliqta.”
Lucy and her husband Fred Smith enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren whenever possible, and subsistence fishing and hunting at their cabin on the Kobuk Lake.
Mayor’s Office Staff
Master of Business Administration & Bachelor of Arts in Business Management
Administrator to the Mayor
Mayors Assistant I
Mayors Assistant III