Business Development and Communications Director | Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
Michael Catsi pursues business development opportunities, conducts initial financial and economic analysis of new finance applications, provides client assistance services, and oversees business and community outreach and communications for the Authority. He serves as the Chair of AIDEA’s Project Suitability Committee, and as a member of AIDEA’s investment review committees.
Prior to joining the Authority, Mr. Catsi was the Executive Director of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference and began his economic development career as the Executive Director of the Skagway Development Corporation in Skagway Alaska. Michael currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Launch:Alaska, an energy business accelerator and The Blue Pipeline, an ocean cluster incubator startup, and is a member of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Advisory Council. In the past, Mr. Catsi has served as President of the Alaska Partnership for Economic Development and of the Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership. In addition, he was elected to the Skagway City Council and served on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Municipal League.
Mr. Catsi is a Certified Economic Developer, a Development Finance Certified Professional, and has a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales, Australia.