Hild Peters received her BA degree in German and BA degree in Journalism/Broadcasting from St. Cloud State University and is currently working toward an MA in Northern Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her thesis topic is writing the life story of the Athabascan elder, the Reverend Helen Peters from Tanana.
In the mid-1980s, Hild spent nearly three years working to establish recycling programs (Minnesotans are now avid participants!) and addressing watershed issues as a campaigner for Greenpeace USA in Minnesota. A highlight of this time was the participation in a campaign that halted plans to construct a garbage incinerator in the heart of Minneapolis. In 1988 she moved to Alaska to work on outer continental shelf issues for Greenpeace International and participated in assisting coastal communities during the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. She was a founding committee member of the Citizen’s Advisory Council for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
After the oil spill she moved to Fairbanks, Alaska to begin her career at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she has held a variety of positions. From 1990-1992 she worked for the College of Rural Alaska where she gained tremendous insight in working with Alaska’s rural communities. In addition, she participated in the formation of the initial exchange programs with the Russian Far East in the early 1990s. From there she spent seven years in the Office of International Programs assisting students participating in study abroad or exchange programs around the world. She coordinated UAF’s exchange programs with the former Soviet Union and had special relationships and expertise working in Siberia (particularly Yakutsk), and the Russian Far East (especially Magadan and Khabarovsk), traveling several times to those regions. In 1999 she became the Academic and Faculty Services Manager in the Office of the Provost where she managed faculty processes, program review and accreditation reporting. She coordinated the emeritus faculty awards, helped select honorary degree recipients and commencement speakers, managed the award process for the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service Awards and participated in planning/implementing UAF’s commencement ceremony. In 2011 she became the Executive Officer of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, overseeing the college’s business functions, staff, development funds and scholarships. In early 2011, she added interim development officer for the college to her duties.
Hild is happily married and has two young sons ages 10 and 12. She and her husband are licensed ministers and have a non-profit organization called Alaska Vision. The focus of their ministry is to bring health and healing to the Native communities of Alaska. Hild has traveled extensively throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe, former Eastern Europe states as well as throughout rural Alaska.