Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Public Affairs

Patty Sullivan has been the Public Affairs Director for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough since 2005. If you have read information during a Mat-Su disaster on a Sunday, you likely read the work of Sullivan. During emergencies, Sullivan reports to citizens and employees as the Borough's lead Public Information Officer. She has led the information dissemination on two federally-declared disasters and four state-declared disasters in the Borough since 2005. She now works with a team of mostly volunteer PIOs from other departments with other jobs.

Sullivan is the lead writer on some Borough priority projects such as

 • Port MacKenzie Rail Extension since 2005. Presentations created by Public Affairs helped garner $154 million in State appropriations to the project. 

• Mat-Su fisheries campaign with the Mat-Su Borough Fish & Wildlife Commission since 2014. Presentations with the Commission helped educate State legislators and the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The publication "Juneau We have a Problem" was part of campaign that led to tremendous commercial fishing regulatory change, allowing more salmon to pass north. Sullivan organized a recent meeting with the Alaska Fish & Game Commissioner and the Mat-Su Commission to reverse the chronic mismanagement of Upper Cook Inlet fisheries.

She often writes Keynote presentations for economic development opportunities for Borough CEOs. She organized the first bond rating agency tour of the Mat-Su for Fitch, the effort resulted in a maintained AA credit rating for the Borough amidst a State recession. Grant writing by Sullivan picked up $590,000 for the Government Peak Recreation Area trail lights and chalet project. 

Working as a journalist in Kodiak, Bethel, Anchorage and the Mat-Su. For six years Sullivan reported as the Mat-Su bureau for KSKA Public Radio, earning in 2004 a Regional Edward R. Murrow award. She graduated with a B. A. in English and Spanish from the University of California at Davis and with a Master's in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. Sullivan's thesis took second place in her graduating class at North Gate Hall.

Stefan Hinman is the techy, strategic presenter behind the CEO presentations at the Borough. Ever optimistic, Hinman will climb ladders in snowdrifts to replace batteries in frozen cameras, he will untangle the most crushing of video technical troubles without aid, and will share tripod space with a roving Grizzly. 

Contacts

Patty Sullivan, Public Affairs Director
Phone: (907) 861-8577 or (907) 355-0103
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Stefan Hinman, Media Designer
Phone: (907) 861-8520
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