Crawford Patkotak (Ahkivgak) currently serves as the chairman of the board for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation as well as the executive vice president of stakeholder engagement.
Crawford has been the whaling captain for the Patkotak Crew since 2008 and currently serves as vice chairman of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. He also proudly serves as a North Slope Borough assembly member. Crawford has participated in various organizations in the past, such as a board of trustee for Iḷisaġvik College and a board member for Barrow Utilities & Electric Cooperative Inc.
Crawford grew up in Barrow and Peard Bay, hunting and gathering, and explores the land and hunts for fur animals in the winter and summer months around the Arctic Slope Region. Crawford enjoys taking his family on trips by air, land and sea.
Crawford currently lives in Barrow with his wife Laura and their five children. He also has four grandchildren.
Crawford’s favorite passage is: Trust in the Lord with all thine Heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, acknowledge Him in all thy ways and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5, 6