Ethan Berkowitz, his wife Mara Kimmel, and their children Ziva and Noah, love living in Anchorage because, as he says, it is a place that is uniquely Alaskan and distinctly global — the air crossroads of the world, the gateway to the Arctic, home to more than one hundred languages, and the biggest city in the biggest state.
Ethan has served as Mayor of Anchorage since 2015 and has championed public safety, fiscal responsibility, and sound energy policy. Under his leadership, the city has increased the number of police officers patrolling our streets and neighborhoods, ensured a AAA bond rating even as the state fights off a fiscal crisis, and promoted energy and economic independence for our city.
Ethan is a small business owner and entrepreneur. He has been involved in a variety of businesses across Alaska and throughout Anchorage—from restaurants to real estate to renewable energy and fiber optics. He served in the Alaska State Legislature for ten years, winning recognition for his leadership on criminal justice, building bipartisan coalitions, and for his strong stance on ethical government. Prior to that, Ethan was a state prosecutor, serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Anchorage. He also spent three seasons in Antarctica, doing everything from shoveling snow, to guiding, to working as an enforcement officer for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Along the way, he got to do a little commercial fishing in Bristol Bay.
Ethan has an undergraduate degree in government and economics from Harvard College, a master’s degree in Polar Studies from Cambridge University, and a law degree from Hastings College of Law.