The following is a transcript meeting that Xavier did with the Leadership Fellows Program and his mentor Jon Bittner.
Where are you from? How did you decide to pursue a career in Alaska?
I’m a fifth generation Alaskan born and raised in Anchorage. My great-great grandmother moved to Nome from the Lower 48 during the gold rush in the late 1800’s and opened up a dress shop. My family moved south to work on the Alaska Railroad and ended up in Anchorage where we stayed. Like most Alaskan kids in my age group, once I graduated from High School I headed out of state to see the rest of the world. I lived in Phoenix, Manhattan, and Portland, OR over the next few years. I liked seeing other cities, but I realized I kept comparing them to Anchorage and that they didn’t’ quite measure up. So when an old friend called me while I was living in New York and offered me a job back in Anchorage I jumped at the chance to come home.
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