Pat Higgins has been lived in the Abbott Loop community of Anchorage since 1992. Pat and his wife Patti have been married 42 years and chose to build a life in Anchorage for themselves in their family, a son, two daughters, and six grandchildren.
It is with his interest in family and community that Pat has become involved. When his children were growing up, he was an active part of the Parent Teacher Organizations at their respective schools. He has served as a board member and is a past President of Friends of the Library. He has served as a board member on the Abbott Loop Community Council too.
Pat’s drive to improve life in the community led him to run for the Anchorage School Board ten years ago. During his tenure on the Board, 2008-2017, Pat sought reasoned solutions to improve the high school graduation rate, increase student-teacher ratios, and reduce the burden of administrative costs at the Anchorage School District.
While the graduation rate improved from 64% in 2008 to 81% in 2017, Pat believes there is still a long way to go for our education system to work with and for students, their families, and the community. Pat’s efforts with the Anchorage School Board and his desire to bring studied expertise to his seat on the Board led to close work with the Alaska School Board Association and the National School Board Association.
Pat’s career as a Human Resource Professional includes over 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Personnel Management before moving to Anchorage in 1983 and is a current member of the Society of Human Resources Management.
Pat has worked and traveled throughout Alaska. He spent time on the North Slope in work with Alyeska Pipeline, time in Sitka and Juneau where he served on the Executive Management Team as HR Director and a member of the Executive Management Team SEARHC, the Alaska Native-owned Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.
Over his career, Pat has provided human resource management and corporate compliance services to Alaskan businesses including Copper River Native Association, Fairbanks Native Association, Chugach Management Services, Kodiak Area Native Association, Coastal Village Regional Fund, SEARHC, North Star Behavioral Hospital, and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Pat also provides pro bono human resources consulting services to Girls Scouts of Alaska.
Pat’s professional, community service, and personal experiences have prepared him to represent the voters House District 25 in the State of Alaska Legislature. Help him take your voice to Juneau!