ADP executive director Kay Brown retires

Kay Brown has retired as executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party, after more than a decade of working on state and national levels, and five and a half years in the executive post.

State Democratic Party chair Casey Steinau said that much has been accomplished under Brown’s leadership, including recruiting, training and mentoring of hundreds of candidates for state and local offices.

“She led our state party to be more effective and helped achieve electoral gains for Democrats,” Steinau said. “We are grateful for her excellent service.”

Brown helped the party gain representation in the state House over the past two election cycles, leading to a new Democratic-led coalition that now controls the House for the first time since the early 1990s.

She was also instrumental in forming and helping to elect the unity ticket of Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott in 2014.

Before working for the state Democratic Party, Brown was elected five times to the state House, from 1987 through 1996. She also served as director of the Division of Oil and Gas and Division of Minerals and Energy Management in the administrations of former Governors Jay Hammond and Bill Sheffield, from 1982 through 1986.


Applications for executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party are being accepted through Dec. 2.

The job description is online at