Orie Williams is the CEO for the Interior Regional Housing Authority (IRHA) since August 17,
2020. IRHA is one of fourteen Tribally Designated Housing Authorities in Alaska, created by
State Statute. IRHA is a non-profit organization, formed in 1974 along with thirteen other
Alaskan housing authorities to administer programs of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban
Development (HUD) throughout the state. IRHA serves 35 of the 42 tribes of the Doyon / TCC
Region, encompassing remote traditional villages, and Alaska’s second largest city, Fairbanks.
Through partnership with its member tribes, IRHA develops locally driven plans to improve and
expand affordable housing in communities large and small. Employing local residents whenever
possible, IRHA contributes to village economies, and provides valuable job training and
experience.
Williams was elected to the Doyon, Limited board of directors in March 2008 and was re-elected
in 2011, 2014, and 2017. Williams previously served on the board of directors from 1978 to
1984, holding the offices of vice president, chair, and vice-chair. He currently serves on the
Doyon Finance Committee and on the Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation
board. He previously served as the chairman of the Doyon board and on the Doyon shareholder
relations committee. He has chaired the boards of Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc., Doyon
Government Contracting, Inc., Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation, and Doyon
Tourism, Inc. Williams served as president/CEO of Doyon, Limited, and the family of
companies from 2002 to 2007.
He has an extensive business background and was previously employed as the Executive Vice
President of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation; as an economic development specialist
with the State of Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs, and as president of
Toghotthele Corporation and its subsidiaries as well as serving on the Nenana City Council,
Nenana Traditional Tribal Council and Nenana School Board. Williams previously owned
construction and consulting companies. Williams attended Nenana Public School, graduated
from Lathrop High School, and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Skadron
College of Business. He has attended numerous professional workshops and holds an economic
development and financial professional certification.
Orie has served on the ARR BOD, Alaska Commercial Company BOD, CEDC of Alaska BOD,
Alaska State Reapportionment BOD, and many other community, State and Federal associations.