Meet the Federal Leaders in Outdoor Recreation
SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI (R-AK) – is the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She is the first Alaskan-born Senator and only the sixth United States Senator to serve the state. The state’s senior Senator, Lisa Murkowski is a third-generation Alaskan, born in Ketchikan and raised in towns across the state: Wrangell, Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Since joining the Senate in 2002, Senator Murkowski has been a strong advocate for Alaska on the important issues facing the state, including energy, health care, education, military/veterans’ affairs and infrastructure development.
Only the 32nd female to serve in the United States Senate since its founding in 1789, Senator Murkowski has assumed leadership roles quickly. In addition to being Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and also is a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
She earned a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University in 1980 and a law degree from Willamette University in 1985. Prior to her appointment to the United States Senate, Senator Murkowski practiced commercial law in Anchorage and was elected to three terms in the Alaska State House of Representatives. She was elected to a full six-year U.S. Senate term in 2004, and was re-elected in 2010 in a historic write-in campaign, the first successful write-in effort to the Senate since 1954. Senator Murkowski is now in her third full term as Alaska’s senior senator after being re-elected, once again, in 2016.
Senator Murkowski is married to Verne Martell and they have two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family in the Alaska outdoors.
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Senator Lisa Murkowski
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20510
SENATOR JOE MANCHIN (D-WV) – is the Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He also serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – four critical committees that tackle the important work of addressing our nation’s energy needs, standing up for our veterans, and overseeing discretionary spending and intelligence activities.
Senator Manchin served in several leadership capacities on various associations during his time as Governor of West Virginia, including: Chairman of the National Governors Association, Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Association. He has also served as Chairman of the Southern States Energy Board and President of the Council of State Governments.
Senator Manchin served as Secretary of State from 2000 to 2004, and his office was known for excellent customer service. He was a state legislator from 1982 to 1996, where he earned a reputation for standing up for West Virginians.
Senator Manchin became a successful businessman after attending West Virginia University on a football scholarship. He is an avid pilot, outdoorsman, hunter, angler and motorcyclist. He has been married for more than four decades and has three children: Heather, Joseph IV and Brooke, as well as 10 grandchildren.
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Senator Joe Manchin
306 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20510
REP. RAUL GRIJALVA (D-AZ) – is the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. He also serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and is a Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, as well as a long-standing member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Rep. Grijalva began his career in public service as a community organizer in Tucson. Four decades later, he continues to be an advocate for those in need and a voice for the constituents of his home community. From 1974 to 1986, Rep. Grijalva served on the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, including six years as Chairman. In 1988, he was elected to the Pima County Board of Supervisors, where he served for the next 15 years, chairing the Board for two of those years. He resigned his seat on the Board of Supervisors in 2002 to seek office in Arizona’s newly created Seventh Congressional District. Despite a nine-candidate primary and the challenge of being outspent three-to-one by his closest competitor, Rep. Grijalva was elected with a 20-point victory, thanks to a diverse coalition of supporters that led the largest volunteer-driven election effort in Arizona.
Throughout his career, Rep. Grijalva has always fought for underrepresented voices. The passions that drove him as a School Board member to fight for and succeed at implementing bilingual education in Arizona are the same passions that motivated him to help pass the first bond package containing a $10 million commitment to reinvest in older, poorer neighborhoods while he was a County Supervisor. Likewise, they are what drive him today as he fights to reform our broken immigration system, ensure livable wages for American workers, and create vital land protections to safeguard our nation’s natural treasures for the next generation.
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Congressman Raul Grijalva
1511 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
REP. ROB BISHOP (R-UT) – is the expected Ranking Member on the House Natural Resources Committee and the Committee’s immediate past Chairman. Before being elected to Congress in 2003, he spent 16 years in the Utah State Legislature, where he served as Majority Leader and Speaker of the House. He is a co-founder of the Western States Coalition and past chair of the Congressional Western Caucus. He also served two terms as State Chairman of the Republican Party in Utah. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Bishop spent twenty-eight years as a high school teacher in Utah focusing on American History and Government. He is married to Jeralynn Hansen, a former Miss Brigham City. They have five children: Shule, Jarom, Zenock, Maren, and Jashon. They have seven grandchildren.
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Congressman Rob Bishop
123 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
DAVID BERNHARDT – serves as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Bernhardt is the second-highest-ranking official at the Interior Department with statutory responsibilities as the Chief Operating Officer of an agency of more than 70,000 employees and an annual budget of approximately $12 billion.
Mr. Bernhardt is an avid hunter and angler and recently served on the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has in-depth experience in legal matters concerning active regulations and rule-makings, with years of legal experience in both the government and the private sector. His expertise ranges from the Endangered Species Act to Outer-Continental leases, from mining royalties to Indian Affairs.
From 2001 and 2009, he held several positions within the Department of the Interior, including serving as Solicitor. In that capacity, he led the International Boundary Commission between the United States and Canada and was responsible, along with his Canadian counterpart, for maintaining the 5,525 mile international boundary between these two nations. Prior to that, he served then-Secretary Norton as a deputy solicitor, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the Secretary, and as director of Congressional and Legislative affairs and counselor to the Secretary.
A native of Rifle, Colorado, Bernhardt earned a B.A. in political science with a minor in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1990. He graduated with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1994 and is admitted to various state and federal court bars. He is married to Gena Bernhardt. They have two children and reside in Arlington, Virginia.
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
RICK MAY – is a retired and decorated U.S. Navy SEAL Captain who serves the U.S. Department of the Interior as the Secretary’s Senior National Advisor for Recreation. He oversees recreational activities on public lands and waters, with the aim of creating access and opportunities. Since his departure from active duty in 2010, he has worked with wounded veterans in various types of recreational activities, helping them to reintegrate back into mainstream America. He is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and he also holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management. A surfer, mountain bicyclist, motorcycle racer, winemaker, businessman and more, Mr. May has remarkable passion and energy, breadth of interest and leadership skills. At Interior, his roles include removal of barriers to responsiveness by the department to public/private partnership opportunities and expansion of recreation. He plays a central role in the work of the Made in America Outdoor Recreation Partnership Advisory Committee and implementation of Secretarial Order 3366, “Increasing Recreational Opportunities on Lands and Waters Managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior.”
Rick May Senior National Advisor to the Secretary for Recreation U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240 202-208-2651 firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Department of Agriculture
SONNY PERDUE – became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017, confirmed by the U.S. Senate 87-11. He was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. From childhood, and through his life in business and elected office, Sec. Perdue has experienced the industry from every possible perspective: a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is made up of 29 agencies and offices with nearly 100,000 employees who serve the American people at more than 4,500 locations across the country and abroad.
Secretary Perdue has established four principles for his actions. First, he will maximize the ability of the men and women of America’s agriculture and agribusiness sector to create jobs, to produce and sell the foods and fiber that feed and clothe the world, and to reap the earned reward of their labor. He seeks to remove every obstacle and give farmers, ranchers, and producers every opportunity to prosper. Second, he prioritizes customer service for American taxpayers and consumers. They will expect, and have every right to demand, that their government conduct the people’s business efficiently, effectively, and with the utmost integrity. Third, as Americans expect a safe and secure food supply, USDA will continue to serve in the critical role of ensuring the food we put on the table to feed our families meets the strict safety standards we’ve established. Food security is a key component of national security, because hunger and peace do not long coexist. And fourth, Perdue will always remember that America’s agricultural bounty comes directly from the land. And today, those land resources sustain more than 320 million Americans and countless millions more around the globe. Perdue’s father’s words still ring true: We’re all stewards of the land, owned or rented, and our responsibility is to leave it better than we found it.
As a youngster growing up on a dairy and diversified row crop farm in rural Georgia, Sec. Perdue never fully realized that the blessings of purposeful, meaningful work would serve him as well as they have in life. When he was a young boy feeding the calves and plowing the fields, he was an integral part of the workforce on his father’s farm. As the son of a mother who was an English teacher for 42 years, he benefited from her teachings as well – not just by instilling in him the beliefs he still holds dear, but also by lending him an appreciation and respect for language and proper grammar. But more than anything in his life, it was the family farm which shaped Sonny Perdue. He has lived and breathed the exhilaration of a great crop and the despair and devastation of a drought. He learned by experience what his father told him as a child, “If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you.”
The work ethic cemented in him by his farming roots has remained with Sonny Perdue throughout his life. As a younger man, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of Captain. After earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia, he put that training to use in private practice in North Carolina. As a member of the Georgia State Senate for eleven years, he eventually ascended to the position of President Pro Tempore. As a two-term governor of Georgia, he was credited with transforming a budget deficit into a surplus, dramatically increasing student performance in public schools, and fostering an economic environment that allowed employers to flourish and manufacturers and agricultural producers to achieve record levels of exports. He followed these accomplishments with a successful career in agribusiness, where he focused on commodities and transportation in enterprises that have spanned the southeastern United States.
Sec. Perdue is a strong believer in good government, operating efficiently and serving the needs of its customers: the people of the United States. As a state senator, he was recognized as a leading authority on issues including energy and utilities, agriculture, transportation, emerging technologies and economic development, and for his ability to grasp the nuances of complex problems. As governor, he reformed state budget priorities, helped Georgians create more than 200,000 new jobs, and promoted his home state around the world to attract new businesses. In 2009, the Reason Foundation recognized Sec. Perdue as a leader who “aggressively pursued new strategies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government and deliver better value at less cost to taxpayers.” In addition, he was named “Public Official of the Year” in October 2010 by Governing Magazine. To this day, his thoughts are never very far from the wishes of the citizens – the true owners of the government.
Sec. Perdue recognizes that issues like agriculture cut across political party boundaries, and supports reaching across the aisle so that partisanship doesn’t get in the way of good solutions. Sec. Perdue has been married to Mary Ruff Perdue for 45 years and has four adult children and fourteen grandchildren. Sec. Perdue remains a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot and avid outdoor sportsman.
The Hon. Sonny Perdue Secretary U.S. Department of Agriculture Room 200A 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250 202-720-3631
JAMES HUBBARD – serves as the Department of Agriculture’s Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment. Mr. Hubbard worked for the Colorado Forest Service for 35 years. During his two decades as state forester, he served on multiple National Association of State Foresters committees, most notably as chair of the legislative committee. Mr. Hubbard has worked as director of the Office of Wildland Fire Coordination for the U.S. Department of the Interior and Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry at the USDA Forest Service.
Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250
DAN JIRON – serves as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a position he has held since 2017. With more than 29 years of public service and natural resources management, Mr. Jiron was appointed Associate Chief of the Forest Service in July 2016. He served as the direct senior executive support to the Chief of the Forest Service. This leadership role included advancing strategic goals of the agency: Sustaining the Nation’s Forests and Grasslands; Delivering Benefits to the Public; Applying Scientific-Based Knowledge Globally; and Excelling as a High Performing Agency. Prior to this appointment, he served in many leadership positions, including: Regional Forester of the Rocky Mountain Region; Deputy Regional Forester in the Pacific Southwest Region; Forest Supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest; District Ranger on the Salt Lake Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest; District Ranger on the South Park Ranger District of the Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Comanche, and Cimarron National Grasslands; Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs of the Intermountain Region; National Press Officer in Washington, D.C.; and aide to United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado. Mr. Jiron earned a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree from Regis University of Denver. Under the USDA reorganization plan, the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment will retain supervision of the U.S. Forest Service.
Dan Jiron Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., 204-E Whitten Building Washington, DC 20250 202-720-7173 email@example.com
VICKI CHRISTIANSEN – is the Chief at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she was Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, where she had oversight of Fire and Aviation Management, Tribal Relations, Forest Health Protection, Cooperative Forestry, Grey Towers, and Conservation Education. She joined the Forest Service in 2010 as the Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation Management. Ms. Christiansen has worked extensively on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, bringing her experience as a line officer, land manager, wildland fire fighter and State Forester to the effort.
Prior to joining the Forest Service, she served as the Arizona State Forester and Director of the Arizona Division of Forestry. She was responsible for the protection of 22 million acres of state and private lands in Arizona, including wildland fire management. As State Forester, Ms. Christiansen represented Arizona at the national and state level on forest health and wildland fire issues. She was Chair of the Wildland Fire Committee for the National Association of State Foresters.
She also served as the Washington State Forester, where she had a 26- year career with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Ms. Christiansen started as a wildland fire fighter while still in college and held many different positions at the Washington DNR with a strong emphasis in operations, managing state trust lands and regulating forest practices on state and private lands in Washington State. Her first permanent position was as a forester responsible for the reforestation of state trust lands in the Mount St Helens blast zone. Ms. Christiansen has been a wildland fire fighter and fire manager for 36 years, and has numerous credentials in the wildland fire program with a special expertise as a fire line-blasting advisor. Ms. Christiansen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Washington (1983, cum laude). She is married to a Fire Chief (retired) and has two grown sons.
Vicki Christiansen Chief U.S. Forest Service 201 14th Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20250 202-205-8439 firstname.lastname@example.org
LESLIE WELDON – is the Work Environment and Performance Executive for the U.S. Forest Service. Prior to her current position, she served as Deputy Chief, National Forest System, where she was responsible for oversight of the National Forest System, comprised of 154 National Forests and 20 National Grasslands covering 193 million acres located in 44 states and Puerto Rico. In her storied career, Ms. Weldon also served as: Regional Forester, Northern Region in Missoula, Montana; National External Affairs Officer in the Office of the Chief; Forest Supervisor, Deschutes National Forest in Bend, Oregon; and a variety of other posts with the agency. She began her outdoors career with the Youth Conservation Corps in Shenandoah National Park. She is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences. She was a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and has taken an active role in a large number of community-based organizations. Her twin sons are both professionals with federal land managing agencies.
Leslie Weldon Deputy Chief, National Forest System U.S. Forest Service 201 14th Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20250 202-205-1523 email@example.com
MICHIKO MARTIN – is the Director of Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources for the U.S. Forest Service. Prior to joining the Forest Service in 2014, Ms. Martin worked for 12 years as Chief of Education, Outreach and New Media for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She also served as a commissioned naval officer for 12 years and worked as a meteorologist and oceanographer. She directed the daily operations of an environmental support unit to naval forces in Okinawa, Japan, and assisted in the operation of global atmospheric and oceanic numerical models. A native of the Ryukyuan Islands, Ms. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Oceanography at the United States Naval Academy. She later earned post-graduate degrees, including a Master of Science degree in Oceanic Engineering jointly conferred by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Troy State University.
Michiko Martin Director of Conservation Education Acting Director of Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources U.S. Forest Service 201 14th Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20250 202-756-7118 firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
JEFF KRAUSE – is the Chief of Natural Resources Management (NRM) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. He directs Corps programs for the development, management, and preservation of the land and natural resources on 12 million acres of Civil Works land and waters. The NRM programs include recreation, environmental compliance, environmental stewardship, partnerships, water safety, land uses, NRM program funding, and strategic planning. Previously, Mr. Krause was a program manager for Environmental Stewardship with responsibilities for budget, policy and guidance development on forest, fish, wildlife and land management resources. Mr. Krause also worked as a wildlife biologist with the Baltimore District, where he was located at the Raystown Lake project for 15 years and engaged in numerous successful national partnerships. Mr. Krause is an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoys searching for new outdoor opportunities.
Jeffrey Krause Chief, Natural Resources Management U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 441 G Street, N.W. (CECW-CO-N) Washington, DC 20314 202-761-1228 email@example.com
U.S. Department of Commerce
RDML TIMOTHY GALLAUDET, USN RET. – is the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. Prior to his confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Dr. Gallaudet was a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, where his most recent assignment was Oceanographer of the Navy and Commander of the Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command. During his 32 years of military service, Dr. Gallaudet had experience in weather and ocean forecasting, hydrographic surveying, developing policy and plans to counter illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, and assessing the national security impacts of climate change. He has led teams of Navy Sailors and civilians performing such diverse functions as overseeing aircraft carrier combat operations, planning and conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts, assisting Navy SEAL Teams during high visibility counter-terrorism operations, and developing the Navy’s annual $52 billion information technology, cyber security and intelligence budget. Dr. Gallaudet holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s and doctoral degrees from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, all in oceanography.
Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D. Acting Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere U.S. Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Avenue, Room 5128 Washington, DC 20230 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Moyer oversees BEA’s production of official economic statistics, which provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy that aids in decision making by businesses, policymakers and households.
Before he became Director, Dr. Moyer served in several key positions at BEA, including as the agency’s Deputy Director and as Associate Director for Industry Accounts. He is the author of numerous articles on measuring the performance of the U.S. economy. Much of his research has focused on improving industry-related statistics, including improved industry measures of volume and prices, expanded information on the sources and uses of intermediate purchases by industry, and improved industry-level productivity statistics. Dr. Moyer is an active participant in national and international efforts to improve economic statistics at the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and other official forums.
Dr. Moyer has received a number of awards, both for his management and leadership skills, as well as for improvements to BEA’s economic accounts. Dr. Moyer holds a Ph.D. in economics from the American University.
Dr. Brian C. Moyer
Bureau of Economic Analysis
4600 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20233
NICOLE LeBOEUF – is the Acting Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), the nation’s most comprehensive ocean and coastal agency. Its mission is to provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic, environmental and social pressures on our oceans and coasts. The agency observes, measures, assesses, and manages the nation’s coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes areas; provides critical navigation products and services; and conducts response and restoration activities to protect vital coastal resources.
As Acting Assistant Administrator, Ms. LeBoeuf provides strategic vision for NOS. She leads the implementation of activities that support NOS’s priorities of safe and efficient transportation and commerce; preparedness and risk reduction; and stewardship, tourism and recreation. She serves as the focal point for conveying the value of NOS products and services within NOAA and to the Department of Commerce, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress. Ms. LeBoeuf actively establishes and grows partnerships with other federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and industry.
Previously, Ms. LeBoeuf served as the NOS Deputy Assistant Administrator. In this role, she oversaw the financial, administrative, and performance activities of an agency that includes more than 1,700 staff located across more than 50 places around the country.
Ms. LeBoeuf holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in sustainable development and conservation biology from the University of Maryland. She lives with her husband, stepchildren, and hound dog in Kensington, Maryland.
Acting Assistant Administrator
NOAA’s National Ocean Service
N/MB6, SSMC4, Room 9149
1305 East-West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910
JOHN ARMOR – serves as the Director of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), responsible for protecting America’s special marine areas. In this capacity, he provides strategic vision for the program and overall policy direction.
Mr. Armor was originally hired into ONMS in June 2000 to serve as the program’s national permitting coordinator. In 2008, he became the chief of the program’s Conservation Policy and Planning Division overseeing all regulatory, planning, enforcement and emergency response functions of the program. In 2013, Mr. Armor was selected to become the ONMS deputy director where he oversaw all personnel, policy and administrative matters for the program.
Prior to coming to NOAA, Mr. Armor worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in the Fort Myers regional office. There, he worked to implement the State of Florida’s wetland and estuarine protection and sovereign submerged lands programs. He has a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, where he focused his course work on coastal ecology and phycology, and a M.S. in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program.
A native of Portsmouth, RI, Mr. Armor grew up on the Narragansett Bay, where his love and respect for the power of the ocean and special marine places was born. He currently lives in Columbia, MD, with his partner Trish, and children Ian, Collin and Katy.
John Armor Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1305 East West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910 240-533-0681 email@example.com