Promoting Positive Leadership and Integrity
Terrence Shanigan is Alaska Native and his cultural roots descend from a small Aleut village along the Aleutian Chain. His mother and maternal grandparents instilled an appreciation for family and culture by teaching him the traditional way of life while encouraging a bridge to a more forward-looking life outside of the village.
A United States Navy veteran, Terrence followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and strongly believes in service to others. He developed a persistent determination and strong self-discipline from his mother and grandfather who consistently modeled a good work ethic and a strong ability to problem-solve. Terrence is creative, an exceptional communicator, and possesses an effective ability to innovate and think outside of the box to solve challenging and complex problems.
Terrence believes that the intrinsic pursuit of life-long learning is an essential component of his success. His appreciation for learning led Terrence to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1996, and in 2017, he retired early from a career in law enforcement to complete his MBA which he earned in from Louisiana State University in 2019.
His spirit of exploration led Terrence on 1,000-mile humanitarian dog mushing expeditions in the Arctic, guiding Brown Bear safaris in Alaska, SCUBA photography in the Philippines, and travel to thirty countries.
Terrence’s professional experience is broad and spans several entrepreneurial endeavors to more commonplace institutional positions. He is often sought out by Governors, U.S. Senators, State Legislators, and community leaders for policy expertise in public safety, organizational performance, education, and economic development. Terrence relies upon what he learned as a teacher, tribal council president, performance auditor, executive director, Alaska State Trooper, and legislative aide.
His devotion to volunteering has led him to work with numerous charities over the past twenty years. “Operation PAWS” is one such humanitarian program he created as an Alaska state trooper where Terrence and his sled dogs mentored at-risk youth. The program eventually grew to homeless veterans, victims of sexual assault, and families impacted by suicide.
Family, Aleut culture, faith, service to others, life-long-learning, and building strong personal relationships are the values Terrence believes will lead to continued success, opportunities, and a sense of fulfillment. Terrence is currently the Chief of Staff for State Senator Mike Shower of Alaska.
Terrence is excited to be an owner within the Silverton Food Co-op (owner #752) and looks forward to meeting his neighbors in the Silverton and the surrounding areas as he works to help raise the capital resources needed to build a Silverton Food Co-op store in our community.