Meet Corina Qaaġraq Kramer, an Indigenous community leader and advocate for Iñupiaq culture and youth. Corina has an intuitive skill for building relationships within rural communities and understanding the needs and capabilities of her people. Her dedication has led her to live and work within rural Arctic communities for decades, making a positive impact on countless lives.
Corina oversees language, culture, well-being, and cultural youth camp efforts in the Northwest Arctic Alaska region. With a background in program development and project management, Corina prioritizes the integration of Iñupiat Iḷitqusiat value system into business, education, and health practices. Corina is passionate about finding restoration through knowledge and believes that reviving culture, language, and Inuit well-being will be key in producing healthy families and communities among her people.
With over 15 years of experience in village outreach, organization, and collaboration, and 25 years of youth leadership and mentorship, Corina is a determined, self-educated, well-connected, and strong leader who brings people together to make positive change. Her resume boasts extensive experience in executive leadership, administration, program management, conflict management, and multimedia content production.
Corina is the Director of Operations for the Robert Aqqaluk Newlin Sr. Memorial Trust in Kotzebue, Alaska, where she develops regional, state, and national partnerships for language and culture work.
At the Harvard Center for Global Health Delivery, Corina serves as a Siamit Faculty member and the Della Keats Fellowship Community Director. She co-founded and developed the Social Medicine partnership for the NANA Region and supervises the Fellowship for Doctors and future regional health leaders. She is also a trainer, presenter, and published author, with a passion for producing multimedia content.
Corina’s passion for revitalizing Iñupiatun Iñuniałiq and strengthening her people and communities is evident in her extensive experience and dedication. With her expertise and leadership, Corina is helping academic researchers conduct equitable Arctic research with Indigenous communities.