Diana Birkett Rakow Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability Alaska Airlines


Diana Birkett Rakow leads Alaska's government affairs, ESG and sustainability, communications and community engagement with teams in Seattle, San Francisco, Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington D.C. Together, they work to grow Air Group's business, employee engagement, and legacy of responsibility and corporate citizenship. She also leads Alaska’s venture arm, Alaska Star Ventures, and chairs the Board for the Alaska Airlines Foundation.

Diana joined Alaska Airlines after two decades in health care and public health at health insurance and care delivery organizations and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Diana served as vice president of public affairs, communications and brand management at Kaiser Permanente through its acquisition of Group Health. Prior to that, she was Group Health’s executive vice president of public affairs and marketing and president of the Group Health Foundation.

Diana holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and master’s degrees in public administration and public health from the University of Washington. She is on the Boards of the Seattle Metro Chamber, Pacific Science Center, Bay Area Council, and Philanthropy Northwest.