Executive Team



CEO/Executive Director

John Springsteen is the Chief Executive Officer of AIDEA, Alaska’s Development Finance Authority. AIDEA invests in Alaskans to support Alaska’s enterprise economic engines. John’s emphasis for the Authority is on financing the development of enterprise and industrial infrastructure to support businesses, grow jobs and develop revenue for Alaskans.

Prior to AIDEA, Mr. Springsteen served as an economic advisor to multinational corporations, served as a management consultant to industrial and high-tech companies, and served as Chief Financial Officer of a U.S. publicly traded natural gas exploration company focused on China coalbed methane development. John began his career as an environmental engineer.

John received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and he holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.


Commercial Finance Director

Ms. Anderson was appointed to this position in May 2006. Ms. Anderson is in charge of AIDEA’s Commercial Finance department and general business development. In that capacity, Chris heads AIDEA’s Loan Committee, as well as its financing programs which include loan participations, business and export assistance and conduit revenue bonds.

A former banker, she held the position of Vice President and Manager of the Real Estate Construction and Income Property Department, as well as serving as the Appraisal Review Officer during her 19-year career at Key Bank. Her public service record includes President of the International Right of Way Association, where she obtained her Senior Right-of-Way Agent (SR/WA) certification, serving on the Municipality of Anchorage’s Board of Equalization and also serving on the Board of the American Red Cross, Southcentral Chapter. Most recently, Ms. Anderson came to AIDEA from the Alaska Railroad Corporation where she was Program Manager for Land and Right of Way, responsible for acquiring land for all of the Railroad’s capital projects.

Ms. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education with an emphasis in Business Administration. She has taken the state test for general certified appraisers and is an income property financier.


Chief Infrastructure Development Officer

Mr. Davis was appointed to this position in July 2011. State of Alaska - Deputy Commissioner, Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development; Director of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing; and Director, Banking and Securities

Education, Stanford Law School, Stanford, Oxford.


Project Development and Asset Management Director

James Hemsath is the Director responsible for the Project Development and Asset Management program which includes owning, managing, and operating industrial facilities, as well as project development and strategic planning. These facilities include (among others) the Delong Mountain Transportation System (haul road and port complex for the Red Dog mine), the Ketchikan Shipyard, and the Skagway Ore terminal.

In addition to his time at AIDEA, Mr. Hemsath has thirty years’ experience managing the development of large projects, predominately in the oil and gas fields. As a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Arctic Energy Office he managed research projects at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. As a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North he developed and led an International Polar Year project on Arctic Energy. Additionally, he is a faculty (adjunct) member of the Engineering and Science Management Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he was the recipient of a NASA Faculty Fellowship to Kennedy Space Center.

Hemsath has an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and Master degrees in Industrial Engineering (Cleveland State University) and Engineering Management (University of Alaska Anchorage). He serves on the Scenarios Consultative Group of the North Slope Science Initiative and as a public member of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Community Environmental Board. Mr. Hemsath is a licensed Professional Engineer and a certified Project Management Professional.

Brenda Applegate

Chief Financial Officer

Brenda Applegate is the Chief Financial Officer for the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) as part of the shared services group. She joined the Authority in June 2000 as Controller for AIDEA. As Controller she supervised the accounting, financial and budgeting functions of AIDEA and also worked on projects owned by AEA. In March 2017 she was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Mrs. Applegate is responsible for the financial functions of both Authority’s and the Information Technology departmenT.

Prior to her work at AIDEA and AEA Mrs. Applegate was employed by the Municipality of Anchorage as an accountant for the Water and Wastewater Utility, Municipal Controllers office and an internal auditor in the Municipal Internal Audit department. Mrs. Applegate began her career as a tax accountant and auditor for a national public accounting firm.

Mrs. Applegate is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and currently holds her license in an inactive status.


Business Development and Communications Director

Mr. Catsi was appointed to this position in 2010. In this capacity he oversees the internal and external communications of the Authority including, public outreach, marketing, media, website and annual reports to raise awareness of the Authority and its programs around the state. He also works closely with AIDEA'’s department heads and development staff to provide an efficient and effective intake process for prospective projects.

Prior to joining the Authority, he managed and developed rural economic development organizations on local and regional levels as executive director of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference and the Skagway Development Corporation. Mr. Catsi has served as president of the Alaska Partnership for Economic Development, was elected to the Skagway City Council, and served on the boards of the Alaska Municipal League and the Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Mr. Catsi is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, Australia with a Bachelor of Science in Geography, and he is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).


External Affairs Officer

Mr. Rodvik was appointed to this position in 2007. In this capacity, he works with Alaska, national and international media on wide-ranging issues as the spokesman for both AIDEA and AEA.

Prior to joining AIDEA and AEA, Mr. Rodvik served as Deputy Press Secretary in the Office of Governor.

Mr. Rodvik has an extensive background in the private sector. Prior to his state service, he worked for 20 years as a Public Affairs, Media and Government Relations consultant with primary focus on Alaska’s oil and gas industry. Before starting his own firm, Mr. Rodvik worked on Alaska'’s North Slope providing support to offshore exploration drilling. In this capacity, he had the opportunity to see many wonders of the Arctic.

Mr. Rodvik received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Linda Senn

Human Resources Manager

Linda Senn was appointed to this position May 2017. Prior to joining AIDEA and AEA, Ms. Senn’s previous experience includes 15 years with a local telecommunications company, serving as their Human Resources Director, and is a past President of the Society for Human Resource Management, Anchorage Chapter.

Ms. Senn holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding University; a Master’s in Human Resource Management and Development from Chapman University; and Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.