JCF Staff

Amy Skilbred, Executive Director

Amy Skilbred became executive director of the Juneau Community Foundation in 2011. The Foundation, established in 2005, has grown to $50 million in assets, and focuses on promoting philanthropy and addressing community needs by convening, collaborating, funding and assisting partners.

Before joining the Community Foundation, Skilbred operated her own business providing consulting services, including research, grant writing, and meeting facilitation, for local governments and non-profit organizations. Prior to that, she has been a leader in local, statewide, national non-profit organizations, serving in the capacities of board member, staff, consultant, and volunteer.

Skilbred broadened her knowledge of Juneau and Alaska through her experience working for Alaska Departments of Fish and Game, Environmental Conservation and the Legislature. She is active in the community and served on the CBJ Juneau Commission on Sustainability, the Advisory Committee on School Activities, and as a high school coach.

Skilbred earned a degree in international economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a BA in political science from Amherst College. Skilbred and her husband Eric moved to Juneau in 1988 and raised their family here.

Email: [email protected]
Office Phone: (907) 523-5450


Jamie Waste, Program Director

Jamie Waste began working for the Juneau Community Foundation in 2016 following a career in public media lasting more than thirty-five years. In the world of public broadcasting, he played major roles in developing and implementing local, regional and statewide projects, initiatives and collaborations involving KTOO, CoastAlaska, Alaska Public Radio Network, Denali Commission, Alaska Rural Communications Service, Alaska One, Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission and Alaska Public Broadcasting Inc. He served as CoastAlaska’s first Executive Director from 1998-2004, then served concurrently as the Executive Director for both the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission and Alaska Public Broadcasting Inc. from 2004 to 2016.

He has been a leader in non-profit management, fundraising, representation, facilitation, collaboration, stakeholder engagement and program development. He has produced statewide conferences and meetings, served on national consulting boards, and provided state and federal advocacy work. He is the recipient of the Station Advocacy Award, a national honor for government relations work, and he is a member of the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

Other community experience has included volunteer service for the Juneau Soccer Club as a Board Member, Board President and coach, KTOO, Trail Mix, and CBJ Parks & Recreation. And, many years ago, he was a commercial fisherman in our local waters. Jamie has a BA in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley. He and his wife Cris moved to Juneau in 1983 where they have raised their two daughters, Jessica and Emily.

Email:  [email protected]
Office Phone: (907) 523-5450

Jenna Rutecki, Executive Assistant

Jenna Rutecki started working for the Juneau Community Foundation in February 2015. Jenna was born and raised in Juneau and attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she received a BBA degree in Finance and Marketing. While in college, Jenna was also a four-year member of the varsity swim team, including two years as the team captain. After graduating from college, she worked for Hewlett-Packard in Cloud Marketing for two years.

Office Phone: (907) 523-5450