Meet the Team

APAS has a network of a dozen and more consultants throughout Alaska, other states and in Washington, D.C. Their goal is to provide your group, organization, business, or government with the best possible aid and advice whether you lobby at the state, federal or local level or a combination of all three.  The principal consultant is Clive Thomas.  His biography, and that of one of APAS’s associates, is provided below.


Clive S. Thomas, Ph.D.

Clive Thomas

My consulting combines an expertise in interest group and lobby organization and tactics with consulting on Alaska politics. I have extensive experience in consulting in Alaska, in the Lower 48, in Western and Eastern Europe, and in Latin America.

I have done contract work on lobbying strategies and tactics for the Alaska Municipal League (AML), the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB), the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce (ASCC), the Alaska Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (ARECA), the Departments of Education and Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the federal Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), among many other Alaska groups, organizations, businesses and governments.

In the mid-1980s, I developed AML’s Newly Elected Officials Workshop and taught it for several years.  In 1988 I established the University of Alaska’s  Statewide Legislative Internship Program and ran that for 24 years.  On several occasions I have consulted for Alaska law firms as an expert on various aspects of Alaska politics and government.

Also, I have written extensively on Alaska politics including, Dealing Effectively with Alaska State Government (2010) and a forthcoming book, Alaska Politics and Public Policy: The Dynamics of Beliefs, Institutions, Personalities and Power.  And, on many occasions, I have provided commentary on Alaska politics for newspapers, radio, and TV.

In my work as a teacher, a consultant, and in dealing with the media, I have acquired expertise in specialized types of oral and written communications, and in managing internship programs.

My specialized political consulting began in the mid-1970s when I taught in Kansas and Iowa.  Originally from England where I received my Ph.D from the London School of Economics, I have lived in the United States since 1976 and in Alaska for over thirty years. I now divide my time between Alaska, Oregon and Brazil.   I taught at the University of Alaska in Juneau for over 30 years.  Currently, I am a Senior Fellow at the Foley Institute of Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University (WSU) and a Visiting Scholar at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

Download Clive Thomas’ resumé here.


Thor Stacy, APAS Associate

Meet-the-Team-Thor1My lobbying experience began as a citizen concerned with a range of issues, then as a volunteer lobbyist, including advising a political action committee (PAC).  Since the 2012 legislative session I have represented a professional organization as a contract lobbyist.  My lobbying interests range from natural resource issues to education to the political challenges of non-profits and local governments to tourism, among others.

As a life-long Alaskan and small business owner I have directly participated in Alaska’s mineral industry, fished commercially, and currently operate a value-added tourism business.  With this business experience and an extensive knowledge of Alaska—its cultures, society, economy and politics—I have a particular ability to relate to legislators, their staff and executive agency personnel in a hands-on, practical way. And so can impart this information to you and your organization in ways that will help you be a more effective advocate for your cause.


Other APAS Associates in Alaska and Across the Nation

In Alaska APAS can draw on a wide range of experts on lobbying and political issues from the state budget to economic and social issues to natural resource policy to dealing with the media to various aspects of issues affecting the Native community.

APAS also has several associates in several other states, including California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington state, and in Washington, D.C.