Our Staff

Jim Dodson's picture
President & CEO
(907) 452-2185
Biography:

Jim Dodson has been President/CEO of the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation since 2005.

Jim is a lifelong Fairbanks resident.  He and his wife Kathi raised 4 children and have 2 grandchildren.  Jim served in the US Army Vietnam 5th Special Forces Group and is a UA graduate.  He is a successful businessman who serves on numerous local, state and national business and non-profit advisory boards; including the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Civilian Advisory Board, the Governor’s Alaska Military Force Advocacy and Structure Team (AMFAST) and the State of Alaska Aviation Advisory Board.

Jim’s work at FEDC has been instrumental in supporting and developing new industry in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the state.  He is a tireless supporter of Energy programs and new jobs for Alaska.

Email Jim at jdodson@investfairbanks.com

Andie Levesque's picture
Executive Assistant/Fiscal Manager
(907) 452-2185
Biography:

Andie is a graduate of Radford University in Virginia, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management and in Information Systems. She moved to Alaska in 2003 for a summer job with Royal Celebrity Tours, narrating the train trip between Anchorage and Fairbanks. She made Anchorage her home for 10 years until deciding in 2013 to move to Fairbanks, where her parents and numerous extended family members reside. Before coming to FEDC, Andie worked as a financial analyst in both the aviation and oil industries.  In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, running, hiking, and cross-country skiing.

Email Andie at alevesque@investfairbanks.com

Juliet Shepherd's picture
Project Manager
(907) 452-2185
Biography:

Juliet Shepherd, a seasoned supply chain professional and communications and resource consultant, has facilitated collaborations and trainings in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State in former Soviet satellite states, and in remote industrial production environments & governmental agencies in Alaska. She has served in various capacities on committees and boards in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, including Pogo Mine’s joint employee/management Health & Safety Committee. Hailing originally from Fairfax County in Northern Virginia, she holds a degree in Integral Intermedia from Mills College in Oakland, California. She came to Fairbanks following the conclusion of a Fulbright Fellowship in Eastern Europe in 2003, worked extensively in the mining industry in Alaska’s Interior, and has completed post-bac business studies at UAF. 

Juliet has a passion for propagating win/win outcomes, fostering economic diversity, and is a founding member of R.E.M. Unconventional Vision, an entrepreneur think tank promoting socially responsible business development in Alaska, which launched FairBikes bike share - winners of the first Startup Weekend Fairbanks in 2013. 

Samantha Reynolds's picture
Project Manager
(907) 452-2185
Biography:

Samantha graduated from Loras College in 2014 with degrees in International Studies, Public Relations, and English (because a world without books is like Alaska without Denali). Following her graduation, she jumped right into the University of Denver’s Masters of Liberal Studies in Arts and Culture program earning her degree in 2016. Born and raised in Colorado, Samantha first came to Fairbanks in 2012 for an internship with the Chamber of Commerce. Then in 2015, a brief visit to Fairbanks to see family led to a summer job with FEDC where she oversaw the Chef at the Market and Tour of Farms events. She now joins FEDC as the Project Manager for Agriculture, Rural Outreach, Forestry, and Fairbanks First: Think Local. 

Hannah Cooper's picture
Project Manager
(907) 452-2185
Biography:

Hannah is the Energy, Military and Mining project manager. She is also Director of FEDC's Young Professionals Council.

Prior to FEDC, Hannah was a financial analyst in the oil industry. She has a BA in Economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her work experience includes legislative advocacy at the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education, joint venture management at BP Alaska and economic consulting at Northern Economics.

Hannah comes from a military family and first arrived in Alaska in 2006. She relocated to Fairbanks at the beginning of 2017 after marrying her husband, Andrew. In her spare time she enjoys running and training for Fairbanks races, cooking and being outdoors with family and friends.