Meet the staff

Lalanya Downs – Public Affairs


Raised on the Kenai Peninsula, Lalanya worked for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation following high school. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family studies, counseling and educational psychology from the University of Nevada Reno, and joined the University of Nevada School of Medicine staff as the assistant program coordinator for youth educational programs.

Lalanya returned to Alaska in 2003, working first for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and later for the Alaska State Legislature. She served as legislative aide for former House Majority Leader Ralph Samuels and later for current Speaker of the House Mike Chenault.

Lalanya joined CLIA Alaska in August 2007.

Mike Tibbles – Government Affairs

Mike TibblesFollowing his graduation from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Mike worked for the Alaska State Legislature for nearly 10 years, serving first as a legislative aide and then as the Senate Health, Education and Social Services Committee aide, and finally as the House Finance Committee aide responsible for legislation and fiscal notes.

In 2002, Mike was hired as the legislative director for Gov. Frank Murkowski, serving as the liaison between the administration and the Legislature. Mike was also responsible for the passage of the governor’s legislative agenda. In 2004, Mike was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Administration. During that time, Mike had direct supervisory responsibility for eight divisions of state government and served as the designated legislative liaison for the department. In 2006, Mike was hired as the transition director for the new administration and then chief-of-staff for the governor.

In 2008, Mike began working as a government affairs consultant and has worked at CLIA Alaska ever since.