Longan, Caltagirone named to Natural Resources leadership team
Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige has named Sara Longan as a deputy commissioner and attorney Peter Caltagirone as special assistant.
“DNR has tremendous responsibilities for protecting our state’s natural resources and developing them to benefit Alaskans,” Feige said in a Dec. 14 statement. “Governor Mike Dunleavy has charged me with maximizing the potential of these resources, and these individuals have the professional experience and proven records of accomplishment that will help me lead ‘Team DNR’ to success,” Feige said.
“I share Governor Dunleavy’s commitment to using our natural resources to build a stronger economy and provide jobs for Alaskans, and I’m confident we are building the team that will help fulfill that commitment,” Feige said.
Longan will serve as deputy commissioner responsible for DNR’s oil and gas activities, which generate the vast majority of the revenue that funds state services. Caltagirone will have special responsibilities for hydrocarbon development and regulation, including monetization of Alaska’s natural gas.
LonganLongan has 20 years’ experience in the resource management, regulatory and environmental science fields in private, academic and government settings, DNR said. She has 14 years of state service, most recently serving nearly 10 years as director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting, serving as liaison to industry and coordinating the regulatory review of large energy and transportation projects including the Point Thomson development. Longan returns to DNR after two years as executive director of the North Slope Science Initiative, a joint federal-state project to coordinate science priorities for federal, state and local government agencies. She earned three degrees from Oklahoma State University: a bachelor’s degree in natural resources, a master’s degree in environmental toxicology and a doctorate in public health with an emphasis on health, safety and environmental issues relating to Arctic oil development.
CaltagironeCaltagirone is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled litigation throughout Alaska and the Lower 48. He has represented DNR as an assistant attorney general for the Alaska Department of Law in oil and gas royalty, leasing and tax litigation. He has also served as counsel to DNR on development of the Alaska LNG project and provided advice on proposed legislation and regulations. He returns to state service after briefly working with the Alaska Oil and Gas Association as regulatory and legal affairs manager. Caltagirone earned a bachelor’s degree in government and economics from Claremont McKenna College and a law degree at Villanova University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in five states.
- KRISTEN NELSON