MAKE is made up of a team of individuals who share a common mission of bringing resources to Alaska’s manufacturers.
Erik O’Brien, MAKE Director
Growing up in Kodiak, with homegrown education and professional experience, Erik is 100% Alaskan.
A global perspective allows for understanding the importance of an interconnected world, being both a world traveler and student of policy. Erik received a Master’s of Science in Economics from UAF, and with a working history of starting business and supporting communities, he is an ideal fit to provide Community and Economic Development services to the Alaska businesses.
Fishing roots stretching back generations and extending to present day salmon and halibut operations provides a unique perspective to associate a strong marine based economy with delivering opportunity and quality of life.
A data-driven approach for understanding strengths and weaknesses highlights key qualities in his ability to form networks to identify solutions for – energy, business planning, resource development and most our valuable, human capital.
Hope Broecker, Client Services Manager
Hope was born and raised in the Ohio and Kentucky area. Through 2006-2009 Hope primarily worked in the area for rebuilding and disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans focusing on projects in energy efficiency and volunteer mobilization.
In 2009, Hope was admitted to Berea College to study Technology of Industrial Design with a focus in Business and Sustainability which is where she was able to explore different subjects regarding manufacturing. During the summer months at college, Hope worked as a set-netter on the west side of the Cook Inlet which eventually led her to call Alaska her home.
After a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in STEM and Workforce Development for the Southwest Alaska Region, Hope is excited for her new role as Client Services Manager with the MAKE Program and supporting manufacturers in Alaska.