Governor tabs new Administration commissioner

Kelly Tshibaka takes over after resignation of former appointee

Kelly Tshibaka was appointed to serve as the next commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration. (Courtesy photo | Dunleavy administration)

Kelly Tshibaka was appointed to serve as the next commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration. (Courtesy photo | Dunleavy administration)

Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Kelly Tshibaka to serve as the next commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration after his former nominee, John Quick, resigned after he was accused of lying on his resume.

Tshibaka was tabbed to round out the Governor’s team of senior policy advisors — focusing primarily on areas of management, audit and government efficiency — but was recently asked to step into this role following the vacancy made available by the previous Department of Administration commissioner-designee, according to a press release.

“We are excited Kelly has accepted this role to help refocus and reprioritize areas of management, operations and government efficiencies within the Department of Administration,” said Dunleavy in a press release.

[Commissioner designee resigns after accusations of false resume entry]

Tshibaka was born and raised in Alaska. She graduated from Stellar Secondary School in Anchorage in 1995. She has over 16 years of leadership experience in federal government and intelligence oversight roles, including in audits, investigations, complex reviews, data analytics and executive management.

Most recently she was the chief data officer for the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General, where she was part of the executive team responsible for oversight of the U.S. Postal Service, an agency with more than $70 billion in annual revenue, $13 billion in contracts and 620,000 employees.

Prior to that, she was the Acting Inspector General of the Federal Trade Commission, served as legal counsel to the Inspector General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and performed sensitive reviews at the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. Tshibaka has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Texas A&M University.


• Contact reporter Mollie Barnes at mbarnes@juneauempire.com or 523-2228.


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