Curtis brings more than 32 years of experience in business, communications, project and construction management, administrative management and governmental affairs. He joined the Rasmuson Foundation board in 2019 and is chairman of the advisory board for the University of Alaska Anchorage Rasmuson Chair of Economics. He previously served on a number of other nonprofit and corporate boards including Great Land Trust, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association.
He most recently worked as the chief executive officer of Eklutna Inc. He joined the Eklutna family in February 2005 as communications and shareholder relations manager and became CEO two years later, holding that position until July 2019. Eklutna Inc. is the Alaska Native village corporation for Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough — and the largest private landowner in both communities. He oversaw all subsidiaries including 8(a), real estate, natural resources and construction. McQueen is Tlingit and was formally adopted by the region’s Dena’ina people at the 2014 Powwow. He also previously worked in business development for his tribe, Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.
Curtis is a Tlingit Indian from Southeast Alaska. He is from the Eagle-Killer Whale Clan, is a member of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and is a shareholder of Sealaska Corp. As a child, Curtis and his family lived in Austria, Bolivia, Afghanistan and Pakistan among short stints in other countries. He spent six years in international schools.
McQueen and his wife, Joan, have two grown children.