Executive Director

Brian Holst
- (907) 523-2333

Brian has worked in community and economic development for the past twenty years. His experience includes working with diverse groups in challenging economic climates in the developing world, with extensive experience leading countrywide programs in Latin America and Eastern Europe. He served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in small business development and has worked as an international consultant, small business owner, and has led large-scale relief and development efforts.

Brian is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and received his B.A. from Notre Dame where he remains a devoted fan of Fighting Irish football. He moved back to his hometown in 2008 to the reins as Executive Director of JEDC.

Brian is committed to the prosperity of Juneau and to the health and wellbeing of its residents. In his role at JEDC he stays extensively engaged in community activities serving on the CBJ Fisheries Development Committee, Any Given Child, Alaska Partnership for Economic Development (APED), Juneau Workforce Consortium, Assisted Living for Seniors Task Force and the Alaska Committee

Director of Operations

Margaret O’Neal, Director of Operations, Director of Southeast Alaska Revolving Loan Fund
- (907) 523-2326

During her years in commercial banking and finance, Margaret helped hundreds of businesses in Alaska’s urban and rural areas thrive. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Margaret moved to Alaska in 1983 to work as a Senior Operations Manager for Alaska Federal Savings & Loan. Margaret spent much of her career as a commercial loan officer in Alaska and operated her own financial consulting firm that provided turnaround assistance to small business owners and consulting for prominent financial institutions.

Margaret now lends her vast and varied experience to JEDC operations and to our business community. Her expertise includes organizational leadership, contract administration; grant management, real estate acquisition and strategic and operational planning.

Beyond her responsibilities as Operations Manager and CFO of JEDC, Margaret is the Director of the Southeast Alaska Revolving Loan Fund, represents JEDC on the Alaska Wood Energy Task Group and serves on the Juneau Affordable Housing Commission. 

Program Team

Eva Bornstein, Program Officer
- (907) 523-2339

Committed to community, Eva Bornstein has dedicated time and talent to the Juneau community through work and volunteerism for the last 27 years. She was honored as a Juneau School District Volunteer of the Year and served five years on the Juneau Commission on Sustainability, during which she helped start the Juneau Local Foods Festival.

Eva holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS from Yale University, and a BA from Bryn Mawr College. Her career has spanned from corporate strategic planning for a Fortune 500 multinational, to project management in the banking industry to teaching Business Finance at the University of Alaska Southeast School of Management.

Eva sees her work at JEDC as a way of using her talents to help our city and region stay strong and sustainable. She is project lead for development and implementation of the Southeast Cluster Initiative, with responsibility for the Research and Development and the Visitor Products Cluster. She is also the lead researcher at JEDC, directing the annual Economic Indicators publication and providing research support for many JEDC programs. 

Zach Wilkinson, Technology Transfer Manager
 - (907) 523-2329

Zach has a talent for building relationships to drive economic advancement. As the Technology Transfer Manager at JEDC he serves as a bridge between private sector and government entities connecting labs with small businesses, corporate entities and universities to commercialize technology. In addition, Zach lends leadership to both the Renewable Energy and Ocean Product clusters at JEDC.

Originally from Corrales, New Mexico, Zach has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business Administration and Agricultural Business from Eastern New Mexico University.  After several years as a Commodities Trader he moved to management with Wells Fargo Financial taking him from New Mexico to Guam and eventually to Juneau in 2007.

Zach holds skills in strategic planning, sales and marketing, consulting and operations management and is known for his ability to transcend organizational and industry lines to spur innovation and development.

Marie Franklin, Program & Communications Officer 907-523-2323

Marie spent 28 years in the world of specialty coffee before dedicating herself to her developing her hometown economy. Working for the local roaster, Heritage Coffee in the early 1980’s she following her passion to Philadelphia then to Portland, Oregon where she roasted, retailed, sold, managed and marketed for roasters such as Torrefazione Italia, Starbucks and Portland Roasting. 

Marie’s brings a breadth of communications expertise from schooling in design and merchandising to expertise in strategic brand messaging and development, social networking, and relationship building. In her current role, Marie oversees overall JEDC marketing and communications and supports many programs and events.  Marie also leads Choose Juneau & directs the annual Innovation Summit which won a silver award for Special Event from the International Economic Development Council in 2013.  


Kevin Crowley, Program Associate (907) 523-2343

Kevin received his B.A in Economics and Environmental Studies from College of the Holy Cross in 2012, As an undergrad, he served as a Student Representative on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, worked as a Resident Assistant, and studied abroad at The University College Dublin, Ireland. His background includes professional experience in operations and analysis in the finance and insurance industries and academic training in economic analysis, environmental issues, renewable energy, critical writing, and rhetoric.

Kevin originally relocated to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer, serving with Southeast Alaska Independent Living’s (SAIL’s) ORCA Program as an activities coordinator.  At JEDC, Kevin puts his economic analysis and industry cluster knowledge to work supporting many JEDC programs and leading the Renewable Energy and Research & Development Clusters.





Mary Hakala, STEM Education Coordinator - (907) 523-2336

Mary Hakala, a 50-year resident of Juneau and a Juneau Douglas High School graduate, is the K-12 education coordinator for SpringBoard. She has had several roles with state government, including special assistant to the commissioner of the Department of Education and a staffer for the Alaska State Legislature. She is founder of Alaska Kids Count!, a statewide advocacy network for K-12 school improvements, and the Juneau Community Charter Schools. Hakala has a B.A. in American Civilization from Williams College. She, her husband and family have had a commercial fishing business since 1990.



Rebecca Parks, STEM Education Specialist - (907) 523-2334

Becca has a passion for community involvement in education that creates real-world opportunities for students to engage in learning. She regularly teaches Juneau Girl Scouts, coordinates science camps, organized “Girls Rock Science!” and leads other community science events designed to introduce STEM programs and careers to students. Her primary role at JEDC is directing Alaska’s FIRST Robotics program where she has built the statewide program to include over 200 teams and 400 volunteers.

Becca earned her MA in Secondary Science Education and BA in Environmental Science from Columbia University and went on to teach middle-school science at an inner-city public school and work for a variety of nonprofit organizations.

She is now an integral part of JEDC’s STEM AK programming on the local, regional and statewide level.  Beyond FIRST Robotics, she developes and executes enrichment activities, professional development opportunities, helps facilitate Technology Transfer partnerships and is an enthusiastic advocate for STEM education. 


Bernadette Rosano, STEM Outreach (907) 523-2342

Bernadette has a passion for educating, inspiring and guiding students to be scientific leaders through observation and collaboration.  She has been involved in many community outreach programs throughout the state of Alaska, including Campfire USA and Mad Science of Alaska to spread the wonder of science. She works to provide quality science education and organizes activities that promote interest in a variety of STEM fields.  Bernadette encourages students to reflect as learners and use skills of inquiry to become effective problem solvers.

Bernadette earned her Master’s in the Art of Teaching in Secondary Math and Physical Sciences and student taught at Juneau-Douglas High School.  She has also earned a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering at The University of Arizona and worked for Raytheon Missile Systems throughout her schooling and after graduation. 

Administrative Team

Jenny Harris, Administrative Assistant and Accountant
- (907) 523-2322

Jenny provides essential support to JEDC operations serving as an Accountant and Office Assistant since 2008. She brings an enterprising spirit and attention to detail to her role which entails accounts payable and receivable, payroll and human resources, budget management and reporting, grant management and financial analysis.

Her work in both the public and private sector gives well-rounded support to JEDC’s breadth of programs.  Jenny’s previous work experience includes human resources and payroll for the State of Alaska and accounting support for the City & Borough of Juneau.

Jenny has three children, daughters Hayley and Cassandra, and son Brandon.  Her husband Wes is a self-employed mechanic.  Jenny is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and placed 4th in the 2006 Golden North Salmon Derby.