Perry Eaton was born in Kodiak, Alaska. He grew up on his father’s fishing boat and his professional life has covered a wide variety of fields. He has worked as a machinist at Boeing Aircraft Corporation, for three different banks and as a community development professional, specializing in rural Alaska. Eaton was the founding president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. He also served 17 years as CEO of Alaska Village Initiatives. Prior to retiring, Eaton was corporate relations manager for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Living in Anchorage, Alaska, he serves as Director of the Alaska Native Art Foundation Board of Directors.