Pollack (PJ) Simon Jr. (rural), 43, lives in Fairbanks but originates from Allakaket, Alaska. He serves as the First Chief and is a political advocate for the Allakaket Tribe. He was elected to the Doyon board in March 2014. PJ serves on the Shareholder Relations and Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act committees and on the Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation and Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc. boards. PJ is a Plumbers Apprentice with over 6,000 hours attained. As a professional trapper, hunter, and fisherman, PJ has taught wolf trapping classes to local villages and school kids. He was an owner of his own big game transport business and also worked as an assistant big game guide. He advocates strongly for education, shareholder hire, subsistence, and believes in the concept of building capacity with the people.
PJ also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer on the Executive Board for Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), which serves over 16,000 people in the Tanana Chiefs region. PJ is on the Chena Bingo Board and the TCC Advocacy Committee, as well as the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Water & Sewer Focus Group that is bringing water and sewer to rural areas. He has also served as an TCC alternate to the Alaska Federation Board of Directors. PJ founded the non-profit group Friends of Moose, with a mission to boost moose numbers in the Galena area. He advocates locally, statewide, and nationally on Native and rural issues. PJ has had the pleasure of being a radio broadcaster, starring on an Animal Planet TV show, working a plethora of jobs requiring different skill levels, and being a scholar on issues and challenges that we all face every day.