Announcements & Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2024
Identity Welcomes Tom Pittman, MHA, as New Executive Director
ANCHORAGE, AK – Identity is thrilled to announce the appointment of Tom Pittman, MHA, as its new Executive Director. This is a milestone for the organization and reinforces its commitment to advancing Alaska’s LGBTQIA2S+ community.
Pittman brings over a decade of expertise to Identity having previously managed outpatient clinics, including tribal health, retail health, and specialty surgical units. His academic background includes a Master's in Health Administration from the University of Washington, where he simultaneously supported his tribe’s healthcare needs working for Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the health needs of Alaskans and contribute to the wellbeing of our community. I personally understand the significance of the life saving work Identity does every day. It’s an honor to continue developing Identity’s services and I feel the energy of the exciting things we will accomplish with our staff and community partners.” Tom Pittman, Executive Director, Identity.
Pittman is Tlingit of the T’akdeintaan people from Sít’ Eeti Gheeyí, “The Bay in Place of the Glacier”, commonly known as Glacier Bay in Southeast Alaska. He descends from dedicated land protectors spanning countless generations. Pittman traces his T’akdeintaan lineage through his grandmother, Rose Patterson, a culture bearer who he attributes with instilling in him the values of dignity and community.
His professional journey includes serving as a Senior Director at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Regional Director at Cranial Technologies overseeing 18 retail health clinics in California and Washington, successfully launching four new clinics.
“The Board of Directors is pleased to have Tom Pittman serve as Executive Director. He brings stability and proven leadership to the organization. In his new role, he will continue to serve our community as a subject matter expert on LGBTQIA2S+ healthcare. We look forward to Tom’s depth of experience in healthcare services to further Identity’s mission. We are grateful for his leadership to help lay the foundation for the next 40 years of the organization.” Owen Hutchinson, Board Co-Chair, Identity.
Pittman is passionate about healthcare equity, embracing organizational development, and collaborative strategies throughout his career. He contributes to the Alaskan Healthcare Executive Network's membership committee and the CDC’s Indigenous Public Health Leadership Program.
Pittman and his partner Chris are both born and raised Alaskans, and enjoy the unique culture of our state. He is an advocate for learning about his Tlingit culture, and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, cross-country skiing, and traveling.
Identity, founded in 1977, is a statewide LGBTQIA2S+ organization dedicated to advancing Alaska’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, pansexual, nonbinary, intersex, asexual, and queer community through advocacy, education, healthcare, and connectivity.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Alex Sallee and Owen Hutchinson
Identity Board Co-Chairs