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Aren Gunderson was elected to the board in June 2011. Aren came to Fairbanks from Minnesota in 2004 to pursue a graduate degree in wildlife biology at UAF. Since completion of his Master's degree in 2007, Aren has worked at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. He's currently the Mammal Collection Manager Aren and his wife, Jen, have a young daughter and son. They recently built a home in the Goldstream Valley, where they enjoy mushing and skijoring with their 5 dogs. Aren also enjoys hunting, cross country skiing, hiking, ultimate frisbee and playing banjo.
District 1 seat will be up for election in 2017.