Dena has 23 years of construction industry experience, 20 of which have included providing architectural and project management services to clients in primarily rural communities across Alaska. She has worked in private firms and for Alaska Housing Finance Corporation from 2011 to 2014 where her support and enthusiasm for the mission of CCHRC was born and solidified. Incorporating energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies into projects and evaluating their financial impact upon capital improvement projects was the focus of her work at AHFC. This focus continues today as Dena provides services through DD Strait Consulting, LLC, which she started in Fall 2019.

Throughout her career, Dena has assisted a variety of clients and collaborated with project teams on a wide range of building types, including schools, health clinics, domestic violence shelters, youth rehabilitation facilities, supportive housing, community and civic buildings. Dena’s passion is to improve the lives of Alaskans by improving the built environment that we live, learn, work, and congregate within. She accomplishes this by supporting non-profits, Tribal, and small governmental entities from early project development through design, construction and facility operations and maintenance.