Ryan Makinster is currently Executive Director of the Brewers Guild of Alaska and President of mAK Consulting a government relations, communications and organization management firm. Makinster has more than 18 years of non-profit administration, public relations, communications, and government relations experience. His primary responsibilities include member relations, industry education and advocacy, and managing the day-to-day operations of the organization. He is also responsible for communications, development and government relations.

Most recently Makinster served as Executive Director for the Southeast Alaska Guides Association and Communications Consultant for Kenai River Sportfishing Association. Prior to that he served as Chief of Staff to Representative Mia Costello. He has also worked as Communications and Events Director for the Alaska Chamber and Communications Director for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. Before that, he spent over 5 years as a legislative aide in the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate.

He also has lifelong experience in the hospitality industry through family businesses and as a partner in a startup restaurant chain, Six Degrees.

Makinster holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University.

Executive Director: Ryan Makinster (907) 250-9549