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. 

Dana Herndon, Communications Specialist - (907)523-2324

Dana Herndon has worked in international marketing and public relations for the past six years. Her geographic expertise includes United States, Latin America and Europe and she has experience working in supervisory roles in agency, in-house and non-profit settings. Her role at JEDC includes managing and executing events such as the annual Innovation Summit and the Maritime Festival, creating monthly JEDC newsletters, updating JEDC’s social media and website and serving as the JEDC liaison to the Downtown Business Association. As JEDC’s liaison to the Downtown Business Association, she assists the organization with administration and marketing.
Dana earned her BA with honors in International Business from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.  Throughout University Dana worked in marketing at The History Channel, A&E and Biography Channel Latin America and continued working there upon graduation.


Rebecca Soza, STEM AK Program Manager - (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. 

Courtney Weiss, STAR AmeriCorps Member & STEM Facilitator - (907)523-2329