Charlie Johnson is an Inupiat Eskimo who resides in Nome, Alaska. He graduated in 1966 from the University of Oregon, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math and Business Administration. He is currently the Executive Director for the Alaska Nanuuq Commission (ANC) and represents Alaska villages on a range of matters regarding the polar bear including conservation, management and research. The ANC produced a three-year report on polar bear habitat use in Chukotka (Russia) based on the traditional knowledge of hunters and Elders of that area.
Mr. Johnson currently holds the Circumpolar Arctic Research seat on the Alaska Native Science Commission. Prior to his position with the Alaska Nanuuq Commission, he served as the Executive Director for the Eskimo Walrus Commission representing Alaska Villages on a range of matters concerning walrus conservation, management and research. He holds the distinction of having served as the President of Bering Straits Native Corporation (1983-1988), the President of Kawerak, Incorporated (1976-1983), the Chairman of the Alaska Federation of Natives (1981-1983), and the Vice President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. Appointments include: U.S. Arctic Research Commission under President George H. Bush; Alaska Science Review Group; National Marine Fisheries Service; U.S. Delegation Arctic Council; and Member, CAFF Working Group International Arctic Social Science Committee.