Givey Kochanowski is the Alaska Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy. Stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, he is responsible for the integrated, interagency support of tribes and Alaska Native corporations working to advance energy equity for Alaska Natives.
Alaska is home to 56% of DOE’s tribal mission, and Mr. Kochanowski serves that large constituency as the trusted advisor and partner to the Alaska Native community, state and federal agencies, industry, and NGOs at the intersection of DOE capacities and tribal energy needs.
Directly reporting to Washington, DC, he is the eyes and ears of the Office for all matters affecting Alaska. He also advises the Director and Deputy Director of Indian Energy of Alaska Native affairs, needs, opportunities, and partnerships. He oversees special initiatives, implements innovative programs, and establishes and expands agency relationships across the state. As a champion of the government-to-government relationship between Alaskan tribes and the federal government, he works to advance tribal self-determination through energy sovereignty.
In his previous capacity as Alaska Program Manager, Mr. Kochanowski was the first career staff hire of the Office of Indian Energy and reestablished a DOE physical presence in Alaska. He was responsible for the support and delivery of DOE technical assistance, capacity building, energy education, and outreach to all Alaskan tribal entities. He oversaw the most efficient use of federal financial and technical resources from across DOE to promote Alaska Native energy cost reduction, economic development, and self-determination for all tribes.
Prior to his tenure with DOE, Mr. Kochanowski served in a wide range of federal military and civilian capacities, developing in-depth global, Alaskan, and remote logistics expertise. He served as the U.S. General Services Administration’s Customer Service Director for Alaska, where he was instrumental in expanding tribal use of federal contracting and supply programs. He developed numerous training materials, publications, and programs to increase federal support and service to rural Alaska. He served in a similar capacity in GSA’s Germany Field Office, supporting U.S. activities across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
Mr. Kochanowski began his civil service career as the U.S. Forest Service’s Alaska Regional Fleet Manager, where he led organizational and safety cultural change for a diverse fleet of ground, water, and aircraft in excess of 1,000 pieces of equipment supporting more than 20 million acres of remote Alaskan wilderness.
Mr. Kochanowski graduated in 2001 from the U.S. Air Force Academy and then attended logistics plans officer training at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. He served in logistics leadership duties at Eglin AFB, Florida, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. In support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, he deployed to Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territories as the acting Air Force detachment commander. In 2003, he was selected as the Company Grade Officer of the Year for excellence and leadership in the 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron. He went on to earn a master’s in international relations from the University of Oklahoma in 2005 and then a certificate in lean logistics from St. Louis University in 2007.
In a volunteer capacity, Mr. Kochanowski has served for seven years on the board of directors for the largest in-residence charter school in Alaska. He serves a mentor for the Office of Naval Research-funded Launch Alaska small business incubator as a technical subject matter expert. In 2020, the Governor appointed him to the Alaska Historical Commission. Since 2015, Mr. Kochanowski has served as an officer of the Alaska Federal Executive Association, addressing and advancing the needs of the military and civilian agencies across Alaska.
Contact Givey via email or by calling 907-271-1423.