Drew is a third generation Alaskan who is excited to bring his passion for high-functioning systems to bear for PGS clients.
An expert communicator, Drew cut his teeth as a member of UAA’s Seawolf Debate Program, with whom he competed in four world championships, and twice reached the semifinal round of the national championships.
After graduating UAA in 2013 with a BS in Environment and Society and a BA in Philosophy, Drew spent two years as a lobbyist in Washington DC as the Associate in Jack Ferguson Associates. JFA has been a successful Alaska-centric lobbying firm for more than 40 years, and provided an opportunity to live in the nation’s capital and engage with Federal issues with major impacts back home. At JFA, Drew had the privilege of learning both the nuts and bolts of legislative processes and how much of being persuasive has nothing to do with making good arguments, from a proper expert. He also covered a breadth of topics, including Federal land use decisions, military procurement, fisheries, Federal trust responsibilities with tribes, mining, and conservation.
Eager to return to Alaska, Drew worked for Denali Daniels Associates for a year supporting the Department of Energy in Alaska and getting his first taste of being a professional facilitator, helping the Alaska Children’s Trust work with stakeholders to leverage data to maximize the positive impact on Alaska youth. Following his time with DDA, Drew pursued his interest in Alaska’s fiscal situation and was hired by the newly formed bipartisan House Majority Coalition as Deputy Press Secretary for two years and aide to Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon for one. In the legislature, Drew worked with legislators on public speaking, press releases, and internal caucus strategy, as well as carrying legislation and responding to constituent issues in Southwest Alaska.
Drew left the legislature to return to Anchorage full-time, where he took a part time position as Government Affairs Director and municipal lobbyist for the Anchorage Home Builders Association (AHBA). Working with AHBA gave Drew an opportunity to round out his experience with Federal, State, and Local government while tackling topics of tremendous concern to his community. On behalf of AHBA, and leveraging connections from his time at UAA, Drew initiated a partnership with the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) and hosted Town Halls for candidates to discuss the related topics of Housing and Homelessness; first for candidates for State House and Senate in fall of 2020, then for candidates for Anchorage Mayor in 2021.
While working with AHBA, Drew co-founded a startup, Alaska Remote Imaging, LLC (ARI) to provide 3D imaging of facilities for clients around Alaska. Getting a new business in a new market sector up and running in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was a tremendously rewarding and educational experience. But it was also time consuming, and ARI was ultimately sold to former clients in order to free up bandwidth for Drew to focus on his passion for working with people to understand and improve the systems they participate in at Professional Growth Systems.
When not working for clients, Drew can often be found volunteering with groups like the UAA Alumni Association (board member 2013-2020) and Alaska Common Ground (board member 2016-2020). When not working or volunteering, Drew enjoys ultimate, biking, hiking, camping, skiing, and packrafting with his fiance and their pup.