Charlene Khaih Zhuu Stern Is the daughter of Florence Newman of Arctic Village and Peter Stern of Fairbanks; the granddaughter of the late Rev. James and Maggie Gilbert, and the late Alfred and Barbara Stern.
She was born and raised in Fairbanks and Arctic Village, and is an enrolled member in the Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government.
Previously, she served as the President of Fairbanks Native Association and as a delegate on the Yukon Tanana Subregion. She has 10+ years of experience working with Tribal governments and non-profit organizations, she is a Professor of rural development, and a strong advocate for Tribal sovereignty.