JUNEAU, AK (August 10, 2017) – Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) is pleased to welcome Heather Gatti as Special Assistant to the President. In this position, Heather will coordinate all intergovernmental activities, serve as a liaison to the Delegates and Executive Council, and directly supervise the support staff in the Office of the President.
"I am extremely excited to have Heather join Tlingit & Haida’s management team," said President Richard (Chalyee Éesh) Peterson. "With her educational background and work experience, Heather is extremely suited for this position and will be a great asset in moving the Tribe forward in the areas of governance, management and capacity to serve our tribal citizens.”
Heather previously worked for the First Alaskans Institute (2014-2017) as an Indigenous Research Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has held internships with First Alaskans Institute, Alaska Psychiatric Institute and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
“I am very honored and humbled to be able to come back home to Southeast Alaska and work for Tlingit & Haida,” said Heather Gatti. “I am excited to work alongside some amazing people and be of service to our communities.”
Heather was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska and is of Haida and Tlingit descent. She is from the Yahkw ’Láanaas clan (Raven/Shark House). Heather is the granddaughter of Franklin Demmert Sr. and Frances Peele Demmert; daughter of Mark & Jiji Gatti and Victoria Demmert Gatti; sister to Sarah Kooy, Dennis Demmert, Joy Demmert, and Jodie Gatti; and proud auntie to Ayuq, Gracie, and Emma.