Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Public Affairs


Public Affairs’ vision is to be known as essential advisors and developers of clear, dynamic Borough communications so that stakeholders are engaged and Borough goals are met.  


Public Affairs will provide and develop information that is clear, timely, and accurate for internal and external audiences. Public Affairs is committed to the principle that communication is a vital strategic function for building relationships and achieving Borough & Assembly goals and priorities.

In 2018, the Dept. of Emergency Services took over the responsibility of reporting to citizens on disasters.

Patty Sullivan has been the Public Affairs Director for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough since 2005. Previously, if you read information during a Mat-Su disaster on a Sunday, you likely read the work of Sullivan. During emergencies, Sullivan reported 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. Her office shared news of the 2018 cyber attack for the first 10 days. From 2012-2018, she worked 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 help improve fisheries management of Upper Cook Inlet.

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 group 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. 

Sullivan has worked 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. Hinman's powerpoint/Keynote presentations are informative, dynamic and memorable. Such presentations have helped achieve goals before joint committees in the Alaska Legislature and the Alaska federal delegation, before the Alaska Board of Fisheries, and before a U.S. Transportation Secretary. 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. 


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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