Ex-Officio Members Jim Johnsen Fairbanks Jim Johnsen is the current President of the University of Alaska, as well as a commissioner on the Denali Commission and a member of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation Board. Jim’s many executive roles in higher education have included statewide academic initiatives to align primary and secondary education sectors and to achieve higher attainment levels throughout Alaska. 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.