Patricia 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.