Karlin is the Senior Regional Director, Arctic Region.
Karlin works as the organizational lead for the Alaska program, focusing on policy, science, Indigenous rights, community-led conservation and climate change, among many other responsibilities. Karlin is charged with continuing and building upon TWS’s leading role in Alaska conservation by working closely with other Alaska conservation groups on protecting Alaska's public lands.
Karlin has undergraduate degrees in Alaska Native studies and political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a law degree from Gonzaga University. He worked for the Ukpeagvik Inupiat Native Corp. as chief administrative and legal officer. His other professional experience includes directing Alaska rural and Indigenous programs at the Institute of the North, clerking for Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander O. Bryner, producing economic development plans for the Bering Strait region while serving for the nonprofit Native corporation Kawerak Inc., and co-founding a consulting company focused on Arctic business relations, partnerships and diplomacy.
Karlin has served as elected president of the Nome Eskimo community Tribal council. He served for seven years on the Board of the Alaska Institute for Justice and is currently on the Alaska Center Board. He teaches a segment of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to federal, state and Tribal employees.