New D.C. staffer hired by Governor Parnell

Kip Knudson photo courtesy of SOA

The Parnell Administration has named Kip Knudson as the state’s new director of state and federal relations in Washington D.C.

The 47-year old Knudson, currently the external affairs manager for Tesoro Alaska, will take over from John Katz when he retires at the end of the year. Knudson also worked as a legislative aide, director of marketing for Era Aviation, and deputy commissioner of aviation for the state Department of Transportation

The 68-year old Katz earlier this year announced that he was leaving after nearly 30-years as the director of state and federal relations.