Kirsten Shelton has been working with McDowell Group since 2010. At McKinley Research, Kirsten’s work includes management of complex economic impact analyses, economic development planning, and research on a wide range of Alaska’s economic sectors. Her expertise includes economic and business analysis, planning, stakeholder communications and facilitation, and survey administration.
Kirsten has over ten years of experience working in community and economic planning and development. She has also worked extensively in the commercial fishing industry and in seafood industry research and development. Before working at McDowell Group, Kirsten administered an economic development program for six years in Bellingham where she directed long-range planning, business communications, public relations and marketing projects.
Kirsten was born and raised in Alaska in a commercial fishing family. She has assisted with the family fishing business since 1981. Her education includes a bachelor’s in Biology and Anthropology from Amherst College and a Masters of Environmental Management in Resource Economics and Policy from Duke University. Kirsten completed part of her undergraduate degree in Kenya at the School for Field Studies, Center for Wildlife Management.