Lisa A. Weissler


University of Oregon School of Law -  Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1994

Southern Illinois University - Bachelor of Science, Forest Resource Management, 1978


Office of the Governor

Policy Analyst, December 2014 - present:  Research, analyze and develop policy recommendations on a variety of issues affecting the state.  


Owner, Changing Tides Consulting, 2011 - December 2014:  Consulting services included drafting, tracking, and researching legislation relating to natural resource permitting, energy, oil and gas tax, mining, and coastal management; legal assistance to organizations, communities and individuals to effectively participate in state and federal natural resource permitting decisions.  Assisted the Northwest Arctic Borough with revising their borough code.  

Alaska Department of Law

Assistant Attorney General, August 2007 – November 2011:  Oil, gas and mining attorney.  Legal counsel to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas.  Advised the department on legal issues related to development of an Alaska natural gas pipeline, natural gas storage, oil and gas production tax legislation, and implementation of state and federal oil, gas and mining statutes and regulations. 

Assistant Attorney General, September 1998 - March 2001:  Primary legal counsel to the Division of Governmental Coordination, Alaska Coastal Management Program.  Represented the state in administrative appeals of agency decisions to Alaska courts; wrote and reviewed regulations implementing the state coastal program; researched and drafted opinions addressing coastal program and other natural resource legal issues; and served as legal counsel to the Alaska Coastal Policy Council.

Alaska State Legislature

Legislative Aide, January 2012 – April 2012:  Staff to Senator Hollis French.  Conducted extensive research on the state oil and gas production tax regime and advised on legislation to change the production tax.  Reviewed and advised on natural resource related legislation and assisted in the passage of various legislative initiatives.  

Staff Counsel, January 2003 - June 2007:  Staff counsel to Representatives Ethan Berkowitz and Beth Kerttula and the House Democratic Minority Caucus.  Advised legislators on legislative and related legal matters; researched and analyzed policy issues including the state’s oil and gas tax regime, natural gas pipeline legislation, a gas line fiscal contract, Alaska’s retirement and benefit system and the state’s coastal management program.  Drafted legislation for development of an alternative energy loan program, a unified resource permitting process and a carbon credit program.

Legislative Aide, March 1981 - May 1988:  Staff to the House Resources Committee and Representatives Sam Cotten and Fred Zharoff.  Drafted legislation relating to state forest management options; researched and analyzed natural resource issues; and served as legislative liaison to legislators, state agencies, public organizations and private citizens.  Served as finance committee aide; assisted in the development of the state budget; drafted legislation; worked with district communities and constituents to resolve local concerns; conducted public hearings; researched and responded to correspondence; and administered the legislative office.

Alaska Division of Governmental Coordination, Governor’s Office - Coastal Management Program

Coastal Program Coordinator, March 2001 - December 2002:  Advised decision-makers on coastal management program and policy issues and assisted with management of the division.  Oversaw implementation of projects funded by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, including development of a computer-based ocean and coastal information system and a competitive grant program for coastal related projects.

Project Analyst, August 1994 - August 1997:  Implemented the federal Coastal Zone Management Act and Alaska Coastal Management Program for projects affecting Alaska’s coastal zone.  Advised decision-makers on coastal program policy questions; coordinated coastal program consistency reviews of federal timber sales; developed memorandum of understanding among state and federal agencies; mediated disputes between state and federal agencies; and assisted in the state’s effort to revise the permit review process for resource development projects.

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Special Assistant, July 1988 - January 1991:  Adjudicated administrative appeals to the commissioner regarding uses of state land, water, timber, and mineral resources under the department's jurisdiction.  Researched applicable law and drafted decisions for the commissioner’s consideration.  Wrote and implemented regulations governing the department's administrative appeal procedure.

Alaska Trial Courts

Law Clerk, September 1997 - September 1998:  Served as law clerk to then-Superior Court Judge Walter Carpeneti.  Conducted extensive research into complicated legal questions.  Prepared detailed written memorandum on a range of subjects including constitutional, family and criminal law, contracts, torts, evidence and civil procedure, federal law, and administrative and district court appeals.  Presided over minor hearings.

U.S. Forest Service

Forest Technician, 1978 -1981:  Collected and analyzed data for forest management research projects.

Professional Affiliations and Community Service

Alaska Bar Association, Member, 1995-Present
Juneau Commission on Sustainability, Chair, June 2011- December 2014
Alaska Coastal Management Program Initiative, Policy Director, April - August 2012
Southeast Alaska Land Trust, Board of Directors, 1997-2000 


Lisa Weissler, Juneau, Alaska 2012                                                                                        Photo by Kerry Howard