John MacKinnon serves as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. Under his direction, the department is responsible for the planning, design, construction, and the maintenance and operation of Alaska’s transportation system, public buildings and facilities.
MacKinnon previously spent five years as the department’s deputy commissioner of highways and public facilities, between 2003-2007. In this role, he was responsible for the state highway program, policy and planning, administration, budget, and legislative relations.
From 2008 to 2018, MacKinnon was executive director for the Associated General Contractors of Alaska. Before 2003, he was acting city manager for the City and Borough of Juneau and served on the Juneau Planning Commission and the Juneau Assembly for 12 years, the last six as deputy mayor.
MacKinnon’s 24 years as a building contractor, along with other business interests, contribute to his experience and knowledge in both the private and public sectors. He is a fourth generation Alaskan and has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Resource Ecology from Huxley College of Environmental Studies.
Dave Kemp, P.E., PMP
Central Region Director
Dave began his engineering career in 1981 working for three years in Swaziland, Southern Africa, assisting rural communities with the planning, design and construction of potable water supply projects. He also worked for three years in the lowlands of Bolivia working with rural communities doing the same type of work. Dave has over thirty-five years of project management experience with volunteer organizations, private consulting firms and in the public sector. In July of 2000 Dave and his family moved to Unalaska where he was the Director of Public Works and Public Utilities. In November of 2005 Dave accepted a position with ADOT&PF Statewide Public Facilities where he was responsible for managing the planning, design and construction of the two new sport fish hatcheries located in Fairbanks and Anchorage. In the spring of 2011 Dave accepted the Director of Statewide Public Facilities position and the Tribal Relations Liaison. And in February Dave accepted the Director of Central Region.
Dave has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Dave is a licensed Civil Engineer, has his Project Management Professional certification and is a USCG licensed skipper.
Dave and his wife Jeanne have two children and two grandchildren who all live in Anchorage. When not at work Dave can usually be found on his boat with friends and family fishing or hunting in Prince William Sound.
Ryan Anderson, P.E.
Northern Region Director
Ryan Anderson graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1997 with a degree in Geological Engineering. After working for 3 years in underground mining, he began work for DOT&PF as an entry level engineer in 2000. Since then he has designed and managed numerous highway and aviation capital works projects and programs throughout the northern regions of Alaska.
He is a Fairbanks resident, and currently serves as the Alaska Department of Transportation Northern Region Director.
Lance Mearig, P.E.
Southcoast Region Director
Civil Rights Office Manager
Dennis has worked for the Department of Labor for over seventeen years. He brings valuable experience to the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) as he has worked closely with several employers regarding Apprenticeship, Equal Employment Opportunity, Title IV, and On-the-Job Training. In 2012, Dennis was able to have 31 employers sign up for an employer sponsored apprenticeship program which broke the previous record of 23 employers for one year and provided statewide support to all 23 State of Alaska Job Centers. Prior to joining the Alaska Department of Labor, Dennis served in the U.S. Air Force as an Officer and Navigator with over 6,000 flying hours in the AWACS aircraft.