Ariel Burr is the Senior Manager of Government Programs & Business Development and joined in October 2020. She is the resident expert in all things related to broadband funding through federal, state, and local agencies. In addition, she helps find and win grant opportunities that support the expansion of the middle mile in rural Alaska.
Ariel is most proud of working on Quintillion’s project that brings subsea fiber from Nome to St. Lawrence Island, serving the Native Villages of Gambell and Savoonga. The island is currently assisted by satellite service, so bringing fiber to the island would be a huge game-changer for the people who live there.
Before joining Quintillion, Ariel worked at GCI for 7 years and was the Senior Manager of Business Administration for Government, Healthcare, and Education. In addition, she managed the USAC (Universal Service Administrative Company) programs and assisted schools, hospitals, and libraries apply for and manage funding for their broadband networks. She graduated from UAA in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Dual Languages (Spanish and French) and a minor in History. She graduated from APU in 2016 with a Master of Business Administration.
Ariel enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her dogs Broccoli and Cheddar. Like many Alaskans, they enjoy fishing and smoking salmon. She also enjoys hiking and picking blueberries and raspberries and making jam. Her husband, Donny, and she enjoy traveling and scuba diving together. Fun fact: she competed in the chili cook-off competition at the Alaska State Fair.
She sits on the board for Hospice of Anchorage was a volunteer with Big Brother Big Sister since 2013.