Camille L. Ferguson is Tlingit from the Kiksadi Clan and a member of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. She studied business and village management at Sheldon Jackson College. She served as the Economic Development Director for Sitka Tribe of Alaska for 15 years, 1996-2012. She established, expanded and managed the tribe’s Tourism Department, Transportation Department, Gaming Department, Tribal Tannery and Community House Convention Facility and oversaw a $6.5 million economic development budget.
Camille began her 26-year career in the visitor industry working for Sitka Tours before rising to direct economic development. She expanded Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s cultural tour program, oversaw the Community House Meeting & Convention Center, gained national recognition for the Naa Kahidi Dancers, established the Made in Sitka Gift Shop, and was instrumental in the development of Sitka’s Public Transit/Tribal Transit system of trolleys, Indian Reservations Roads Program and the Alaska Wild Game Charitable Pull Tab Parlor.
She was president of the Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) for five of the seven years of her appointment to the CVB Board, and as president, she raised hotel bed tax revenue by 48 percent. She created, organized, fundraised and managed the annual Alaska Heritage and Cultural Tourism Conference, now in its seventh year. Most recently, she was general manager for Shee Atika Corporation’s Totem Square Inn, Sitka’s native-owned hotel.
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