Today Governor Mike Dunleavy welcomes Rachel Bylsma as his new Deputy Chief of Staff.
“I am confident in Ms. Bylsma’s ability to help manage the day-to-day operations of our office and to keep my Administration moving forward,” said Governor Dunleavy. “She has served the state in diverse ways throughout the years, whether that was the Alaska Oil and Gas Association or as a staff member for a U.S. Senator. I am proud of this addition to our team.”
Ms. Bylsma was born and raised in Alaska. She graduated from Dimond High School and was part of the Japanese Immersion program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from George Fox University and obtained her Master of Arts degree in public policy with an emphasis in public administration from Liberty University. Ms. Bylsma most recently served as the external affairs manager for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association.
“I am humbled and excited by the incredible opportunity to serve Alaskans as Governor Dunleavy’s Deputy Chief of Staff,” said Ms. Bylsma.
She previously served as director of constituent services for U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan from February 2015 to July 2021, and she served in a variety of capacities for Governor Sean Parnell, from 2009 to December 2014, working her way up to senior policy advisor.
Ms. Bylsma’s first day as Deputy Chief of Staff is today, March 1, 2023.