Sharon Aaġlu Thompson
Sharon Aaġlu Thompson serves as the Executive Director for the Arctic Slope Community Foundation. She is the daughter of Ernie Aufenkamp and Josephine Smith; Granddaughter of Ralph and Mary Aveoganna from Barrow and Wainwright Alaska.
While raising her three daughters and working for Chemawa Indian Health Service in Salem, Oregon, Sharon received her Associates of Arts from Chemeketa Community College in 1996. In 1997, Sharon uprooted her family and moved back to Barrow, where she took on a position of College Recruiter for IỊisaġvik College before becoming a grant writer/administrator.
While living and traveling to the outlining villages of the North Slope, Sharon went on to further her college education and received her Bachelor of Art in Business with an emphasis on Organizational Management, from Alaska Pacific University.
Before accepting a position with the Arctic Slope Community Foundation, Sharon worked eight and half years for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Native American Programs, as a Grants Administration Specialist. During that time, Sharon interacted with various Native tribal organizations and funders, reviewing and presenting HUD grants. Other endeavors include Indian Health Services in Oregon and Assistant Housing Manager for what is now known as Taġuġmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority, assisting low income families throughout the Arctic Slope Region. Mrs. Thompson has also spent time promoting IỊisaġvik College and the importance of higher education to the students and communities across the Arctic Slope.