Michael “Keawe” Anderson, is a Native Hawaiian who grew up on Maui, Hawaii, and is passionate about advancing Native economic development. He is the principal advocate for NACA on policies and programs impacting the participation of Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs), and tribally owned enterprises in the federal government marketplace.
As Executive Director, Mike represents Native community-owned businesses, encompassing over 600,000 tribal members/shareholders. These businesses provide quality products and services to their federal customers, and apply profits earned from these government contracts to the benefit of their communities.
In protecting, advocating, and advancing the NACA priorities and interests, Mike nurtures positive relationships with senior executives and policy makers in Congress and the Administration, with other like-minded associations and advocacy groups, and with the national and local media. He also ensures NACA Members are kept up-to-date on federal legislation, policies, and regulations – especially the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program – as they affect NACA members.
Mike is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, has a master’s in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado, and a master’s degree in strategic military studies from the Air University. He holds a certificate in government contracting from the George Washington University.
During his Air Force career, Mike commanded two aircraft maintenance squadrons and a logistics group, accumulated over 2,000 flying hours, and was stationed at 15 locations worldwide. His last assignment was as staff director for the Secretary of the Air Force Legislative Liaison Directorate where he traveled extensively with Members of Congress and their staff.
He retired as a Colonel with 28 years of service to our nation and became the Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Don Young from Alaska, overseeing a congressional staff that provided services to 695,000 constituents. He also served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
He left Capitol Hill to become president of a new start up and wholly owned 8(a) subsidiary of Chugach Alaska Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation. Over 3 years, he led his subsidiary to win 11 government contract awards and recognition as a “Top 10 Small Business to Watch in 2011” by the Greater Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. He was advanced to business development in 2012, and in 2013, he began directing Chugach’s government relations program until his selection as the NACA Executive Director.