Why I’m Running
Anchorage was built on values my wife Mara and I strive to instill in our own children: hard work, grit, and a commitment to making our community a better place.
I am proud of the progress my administration has made over the last three years to make Anchorage a safe, secure and strong community for all its residents, and I look forward to continuing our efforts in order to achieve results that are more lasting and widespread. We have rebuilt the police force, increased the Municipality’s financial stability, and strengthened Anchorage’s position as a globally competitive, culturally vibrant community. Our work is not done. We have built a foundation and are poised to build to the next level — so that we are a model of how to get things done and are recognized for doing things the “Anchorage Way”.
I hope I have earned your vote, and thank you for giving me the privilege of serving as your Mayor.
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.