Cochran is an Inupiat Eskimo born and raised in Nome, Alaska.
Ms. Cochran serves as Executive Director of the Alaska Native
Science Commission (ANSC), a public, not-for-profit corporation.
The ANSC provides a linkage for creating partnerships and communication
between science and research and Alaska Native communities.
Ms. Cochran previously served as Administrator
of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University
of Alaska Anchorage; Executive Director of the Alaska Community
Development Corporation; Local Government Program Director with
the University of Alaska Fairbanks; and Director of Employment and
Training for the North Pacific Rim Native Corporation (Chugachmiut).
Ms. Cochran currently serves as Treasurer and Past
Chair of the American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Caucus
of the American Public Health Association; Science Advisor to the
Arctic Research Commission; Member of the Alaska Global Change Planning
Team; Past Member of the Office Advisory Committee for NSF Office
of Polar Programs; Program Chair for the Indigenous Program of the
International Congress on Circumpolar Health; former Treasurer and
Governing Council Member of the International Union for Circumpolar
Health; Member of the National Native Science Education Advisory
Council; Member of the National Research Council Committee on Environmental
Effects of Oil & Gas Activities in the North Slope Alaska; Board
Member of the American Society for Circumpolar Health, President
of the Albrecht-Milan Foundation, Board Member for Native American
Cancer Research, Steering Committee Member of the Northern Research
Forum, Program Steering Committee Member of the Native American
Cancer Research Partnership, Advisory Panel Vice Chair for the North
Pacific Research Board, President of Spirit Days Incorporated, and
U.S. member for the Youth and Elders Initiative of the Arctic Council.