Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team Mara Kimmel Anchorage Mara Kimmel is the First Lady of Anchorage as well as the city’s Resilience Team Lead, and is associate faculty at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. Mara’s doctoral research focuses on the relationship between land rights, governance and human development in Arctic and sub-Arctic communities. Return to the Climate Change leadership page. The Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott. The Secretariat for the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team is the Institute of the North. More information about the team and climate resources can be found here.