Starr Marsett and grandson BlaineAbout Starr Marsett

I know the value of a good education. Public schools educated me and my children and now educate my grandchildren. My mother did not graduate from high school. I did, and later graduated from college while working full time and raising my family. I know very well how critical a sound education is for our children’s future and for the future of Anchorage.

I grew up in a large military family; military service meant our family moved frequently. That, in turn, means I frequently changed schools. (I know firsthand the challenges that transient school children face – and they’re 27% of our student population.)

My family’s tradition of service to our country continued with me. I served in the Air Force and that’s where I met my husband. Not only are Dave and I grateful the Air Force introduced us, we’re also grateful that the Air Force brought us to Alaska.

I worked in the banking industry, starting as a teller and working my way up to Vice-President. I am now a Realtor®.  Along the way I acquired skills and expertise in budgets, project management, personnel, and hiring.

I’m a mom and grandmother, actively involved in my children’s and grandchildren’s education. I’m a stalwart volunteer, in the classroom and in our community.

Public service for children and public schools

  • Serve on the Anchorage School Board and currently serve as President
  • Serve on the United Way Executive Board for 90% by 2020
  • Elected to Board of Directors of Alaska Association of School Boards
  • Served on many PTA Boards, including serving as President for several school chapters
  • Volunteered in many classrooms
  • Served as Executive Board Member for the Fairbanks Resource Center for Parents and Children
  • Volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children, and served on the Executive Board for Friends of CASA
  • Taught classes for Junior Achievement
  • Served on the Fairbanks North Star School Borough School District’s Policy Review Committee
  • Volunteered with the Fairbanks North Star School Borough School District’s Business Partnership program
  • Worked with community members and staff to start the first Charter School in North Pole

Diverse volunteer responsibilities within the Anchorage School District gave me deep and broad experiences that led to a greater understanding of meeting the needs of our students.

  • Capital Improvement Advisory Committee, making recommendations to the School Board for the school bonds and advise them regarding the Six Year Capital Improvement Plan
  • Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC), chair
  • Multicultural Education Concerns Advisory Committee (MECAC)
  • Calendar Committee