BOEM Leadership

BOEM is led by a Director appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. The Director is supported by senior executives who manage national programs, policy and budget in the bureau's Washington, D.C. Headquarters. Each of the Bureau's three Regions (Alaska, the Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico) has a Regional Director responsible for management and program implementation. 

Leadership Team

Chief Environmental Officer William Yancey Brown
William Yancey Brown served as the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, from 1997 to 2001 and worked for the Interior Department earlier in his career. He is a former President and CEO of the Woods Hole Research Center, a leading non-profit research organization that applies science to global environmental challenges. Brown is a former President and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA, the nation's oldest natural history museum, and former President and CEO of the Bishop Museum, the leading cultural and natural history museum of the Pacific. He has served as a volunteer director on many non-profit boards, including chairing the Ocean Conservancy Board. Dr. Brown earned the degrees of Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1977, Doctor of Philosophy in zoology from the University of Hawaii in 1973, Master of Arts in teaching from Johns Hopkins University in 1970, and Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Virginia in 1969.


Budget and Program Coordination Division Chief Jim Anderson
Jim Anderson served as the MMS/BOEMRE Budget Officer where he has been responsible for the formulation and execution of the Bureau’s annual budget since 2004. Mr. Anderson completed his undergraduate degree at Northeastern University in Boston and obtained a graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of the Department of the Interior’s Team Leadership Program.


Strategic Resources Chief Renee Orr
Renee Orr has more than 25 years of experience with the Department of the Interior. She is a senior executive on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management leadership team. As the Chief of the Office of Strategic Resources, Ms. Orr oversees development and implementation of the Nation's offshore oil and gas and marine mineral leasing programs. She oversees the assessment of the Nation's offshore oil and gas resources as well as ensuring that the Nation receives fair market value for these valuable assets. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and History from Metropolitan State College in Denver and completed the Department of Interior's Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program in 2001.


Renewable Energy Program Manager Maureen A. Bornholdt
Maureen Bornholdt has more than 32 years of experience with the Department of the Interior. She most recently served as the Program Manager for BOEMRE's Offshore Renewable Energy Program. Ms. Bornholdt earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from George Mason University.


Division of Environmental Sciences Chief Dr. Rodney E. Cluck
Dr. Rodney Cluck holds a Ph.D. in environmental sociology from Mississippi State University and a Masters Degree in Rural Sociology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. For 6 years, beginning in 1999, Dr. Cluck served as the senior Bureau social scientist where he developed and oversaw scientific studies and conducted National Environmental Policy Act analysis. In 2005, Dr. Cluck joined the Office of Alternative Energy Programs and became the project manager for the United States’ first offshore wind facility. Dr. Cluck is currently the Chief of the Division of Environmental Sciences where he leads the Environmental Studies Program, the scientific backbone that informs policy decisions regarding leasing and development of ocean energy.


Gulf of Mexico Region Director John Rodi
John Rodi, BOEM has more than 40 years of federal service with five different agencies. Before being selected for his current position, he served as Deputy Regional Director of BOEMRE’s Gulf of Mexico Region since November 2007. Mr. Rodi has both a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Economics from Tulane University and from the University of New Orleans, respectively.


Alaska Region Director Dr. James Kendall
Dr. James Kendall has over 27 years of experience with the Department of the Interior. He most recently served as the BOEMRE Alaska Regional Director. Dr. Kendall earned a Bachelor's Degree in biology from Old Dominion University, a Ph.D. in oceanography from Texas A&M University, and a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Marine Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Senior Executive Fellows Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Pacific Region Director Ellen G. Aronson
Ellen G. Aronson has over 33 years of experience with the Department of the Interior. She most recently served as the BOEMRE Pacific Regional Director. Ms. Aronson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Sara Lawrence College and a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California.