ASSISTANT SECRETARY INSULAR AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, USDOI
Nominated by President Trump and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. Managed the Office of Insular Affairs, Office of International Affairs, and the Oceans, Great Lakes, and Coastal Programs within the Office of the Secretary. Portfolio included the smaller U.S. territories (Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa), as well as US engagement with three freely associated foreign states (Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands). Oversaw staff in Washington, DC, Hawaii, CNMI, RMI, and FSM.
TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION, FUELING FREEDOM PROJECT
Managed the Fueling Freedom Project for the Austin-based TPPF. Publish columns and articles celebrating fossil fuels, organized the annual “At the Crossroads: Energy & Climate Policy Summit” in Austin and Washington, DC.
VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Legislature. Managed six state environmental, natural and historic resources agencies.
DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, US DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Member of the senior executive management team at the U.S. Department of the Interior, during the George W. Bush Administration. Positions held at Interior:
- DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO TWO SECRETARIES OF THE INTERIOR
November 2005 to January 2009; Federal Senior Executive Service, Served Secretary Gale Norton and Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.
- ACTING DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY INSULAR AFFAIRS
February 2008 to January 2009; Concurrent Senior Executive Service position.
- WHITE HOUSE LIAISON TO THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT
November 2001 to November 2005. Schedule C position; Responsible for administering personnel recruitment and hiring, and facilitating policy coordination with several offices at the White House.
- DEPUTY DIRECTOR EXTERNAL AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
July to November 2001. Schedule C position; Responsible for organizing and managing outreach to Interior constituents, states, and counties.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, National Center for Home Education; November 1995 to July 2001
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Madison Project PAC; January 1994 to May 1995
EDUCATION: 1978 BS - Forestry and Wildlife Management / Industrial Forest Operations Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA