About AOGA

The Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) is a professional trade association whose mission is to foster the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry for the benefit of all Alaskans. We represent the majority of companies that are exploring, developing, producing, transporting, refining, or marketing oil and gas on the North Slope, in the Cook Inlet, and in the offshore areas of Alaska.

Our History

Meet the Team

Kara Moriarty


Kara came to Alaska from her home state of South Dakota to teach elementary school in Atqasuk, an Inupiaq village in the North Slope Borough. After working in Washington, DC, she moved back to Alaska and lived in Fairbanks for seven years. She has served as legislative staff in Juneau and was the President/CEO of the Fairbanks Chamber for four years. She joined the AOGA staff in April 2005 and has been the head of the association since 2012. She is a member of the Athena Society, a recipient of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, Honorary Iceman at Eielson Air Force Base, and was the 2022 Alaska Legion Baseball Volunteer of the Year. She is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Anchorage, serves on the Executive Committee of the Resource Development Council, and is a founding Board member of the Alaska Oil & Gas Historical Society. In her spare time, she can be found spending time with her family, usually behind the camera lens documenting their many Alaskan adventures and activities.

Sierra Minder

External Affairs Manager

Sierra was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and returned to join AOGA’s team after having spent the last 10 years in the lower 48. She returned to Alaska this August after spending the last several years practicing law in Arizona. Sierra received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Gonzaga University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Sierra was recently named “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers in America. Prior to her legal career Sierra worked for Governor Parnell and on the North Slope before joining U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan’s D.C. staff. Sierra is thrilled to be back in Alaska working for AOGA. In her spare time, Sierra enjoys cooking, hanging out with her dog Willow, skiing at Alyeska, and fishing the Kenai. A fun fact about Sierra- she is an identical twin!


Regulatory and Legal Affairs Manager

AOGA is seeking applicants for a Regulatory & Legal Affairs (RLA) Manager. This position is an integral member of a fast-paced small team environment to effectively advocate for the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry by managing local, state, and federal regulatory public policy issues, with a particular focus on health, safety, and environmental issues (air, water, wildlife, waste, etc.). The RLA Manager oversees AOGA’s regulatory committees, manages AOGA’s response to regulatory policy and works closely with outside counsel to manage any type of litigation matters affecting AOGA.

This position will report to AOGA’s President/CEO who will conduct interviews and make the hiring decision. All submittals will remain confidential. A full position description is available here:

AOGA Regulatory and Legal Affairs Manager


Email a resume and cover letter to AOGA’s President/CEO, Kara Moriarty, at moriarty@aoga.org. Position will be open until filled.


Nicole Reilly

Office and Project Manager