AKWA-DC is a policy consulting and advocacy shop based in Alaska and Washington State and maintains a strong presence in and connection to Washington, DC. In 2019, its founding idea was that Alaskans and many in the Pacific Northwest region lacked effective, full-service representation in Washington, D.C and at home.
Today, the mission remains unchanged: to provide Alaskans and Cascadians with a strong advocacy voice, a fresh perspective, and value-driven strategy and analysis in public policy processes. The challenges facing Alaska, Washington, and our nation are not simple: climate change, political polarization, and ongoing economic strife. However, AKWA-DC stands prepared to navigate these complex dynamics and find creative solutions.
Ephraim Froehlich leverages more than a decade of experience as a policy expert and relationships developed at the highest levels of government to achieve legislative and regulatory results. He was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Froehlich worked for United States Senator Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C., as lead policy advisor on fisheries, wildlife, maritime transportation, environmental change, and the Arctic. He next joined Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s administration as senior advisor on fish and game and as the deputy director of federal relations. In 2018, Froehlich served on the board of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Froehlich founded AKWA-DC LLC in 2019, a policy consulting firm focused on fisheries, maritime, and the environment. He enjoys getting outside whenever possible with his sons and partner to camp, hike, and fish and is an avid soccer and basketball player.
Ann Robertson recently joined AKWA-DC after serving three years in the Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski as a Sea Grant Fellow and subsequently as the Senator’s fisheries advisor. Prior to working in the Senator’s office, she spent four years as a research contractor with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) while also working as a deckhand in the Southeast Alaska gillnet fishery. In 2016, Ann worked as a policy intern in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Division of Energy and Environment, supporting the President’s Arctic Executive Steering Committee.
Hailing from Juneau, Ann brings a practical blend of scientific expertise, hands-on commercial fishing experience, extensive community stakeholder and policymaker connections, and a deep understanding of State and Federal fish policy. Ann holds a BA in Earth Science from Vassar College and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment.
Matt Robinson joined AKWA-DC in 2021 after five years as a fisheries quota manager for Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, one of the six non-profit groups in the Western Alaska Community Development Program. In addition to managing the harvest of BBEDC’s CDQ allocation, Matt represented BBEDC in a range of regulatory and scientific forums, including serving as the Fishing Industry Representative on the North Pacific Research Board and as a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s IFQ Committee.
After earning his MA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2015, Matt was selected as an Alaska Sea Grant State Fellow in the inaugural year of the program. He spent more than a year working with the NPFMC on a range of projects, including preparing analytical documents and reference materials, and presenting information to the Council and its advisory bodies. During his fellowship with the NPFMC, Matt developed both a working knowledge of the Federal fisheries management process and a holistic understanding of fisheries in the North Pacific.
Since joining the AKWA-DC team, Matt draws on his analytical experience to help clients better understand Federal fisheries regulations, analyze potential regulatory actions, and navigate the Federal regulatory process.