LAUREL FOR ALASKA
Laurel Foster, born in Bethel, Alaska, spent her childhood in several rural communities within the great state of Alaska. In addition to Bethel, she lived in Unalaska, Kotzebue, and Dillingham. Upon moving to Southcentral Alaska when she was a teenager, Laurel became a graduate of Service High School in 2001 and is currently a proud wife, and mother of two children. She and her children are members of the Native Village of Mekoryuk.
Enlisting in the Alaska Air National Guard as a Security Forces member in April of 2008, she moved up through the ranks of her unit, where she worked in several positions often outside and above her enlisted rank responsibilities. In 2016 she cross-trained into the Judge Advocate General Corp as a paralegal working closely with attorneys prosecuting military criminal cases, reviewing policy, and assisting with investigative inquires. Laurel continued with her career progression, and after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration from Wayland Baptist University she was hand-selected to commission as a Security Forces Officer, a position she currently holds with the National Guard. Laurel serves voluntarily with the Guard’s Diversity Inclusion Team, whose goal is to enhance the relationship between the Alaska National Guard and the Native Communities.
Presently, Laurel works for the Alaska Native Justice Center as a Senior Paralegal where she uses her skills to advocate and provide services for victims of crime. She also works to provide legal and support services for Alaskan Tribes requiring representation in Child Need of Aid Cases that fall under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Laurel serves as Vice President of the Alaska Association of Paralegals (AAP), a non-profit organization committed to the educational and professional growth of paralegals in Alaska. She continues to find ways to use her leadership skills and abilities, advocacy, and desire to serve to create a positive impact on her local organizations and communities.
People over Politics. The state of our political climate is in dire need of change. Focus has shifted from the needs of everyday, ordinary Alaskans to the political parties who serve agendas not always in line with the needs of the people. I represent the everyday Alaskan taking this step to promote change within the political environment while bringing the focus back to the people.