The award recognizes the exceptional leadership of women and youth in Alaska. Ten women and five youth are selected each year based on their demonstrated leadership professionally and/or personally, and their service to the community that aligns with the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
“Melanie has been a steadfast force for good here at Chugach, and is well-deserving of this award,” says President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Fenza. “She is committed to uplifting and empowering others, whether through her leadership and mentorship at Chugach, or her community service and generosity in the Alaska community.”
Osborne joined Chugach as General Counsel in 2014. She is a member of the executive team, which drives the company to provide meaningful programs and benefits to more than 2,800 Alaska Native shareholders. In addition to providing legal and compliance support, she leads human resources, risk management and facilities services.
Osborne is also a lifelong Alaskan with a passion for advocating for her fellow community members. Melanie sits on the Boards of the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers (AAWL), Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and the The Nature Conservancy Alaska. She is also actively involved in supporting community organizations and events through the Covenant House Alaska Sleep-out, AAWL’s mentorship program, ALSC donations and annual Jammin’ for Justice fundraiser, Chugach Heritage Foundation’s Barney Uhart Scholarship Intern program, Alaska Run for Women and more.
Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sheri Buretta added, “Chugach is blessed to have her strength, determination and brilliance to help guide us through challenges and successes.”
YWCA Alaska will host the 32nd Annual Women of Achievement & Youth Awards during the week of November 1-5, 2021. This will be a virtual event designed to celebrate these 10 phenomenal women and 5 incredible youth. (The Young People of Achievement Awardees will be announced soon.) The 2021 Women of Achievement will join the distinguished women of influence and exceptional leadership in The Academy of Women Achievers, because of receiving this honor.
For information on all of this year’s winners, visit: https://ywcaak.org.