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 Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific) 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 BOEM 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 - James F. (Jim) Bennett

Jim Bennett has 35 years of Federal service and has served in a variety of capacities around the Department of the Interior and the Bureau. Most recently, he served as the Chief of the Division of Environmental Assessment overseeing BOEM’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental laws focusing on the Federal Outer Continental Shelf programs, including oil and gas, sand and gravel, and renewable energy. He is a graduate of the Departmental Manager Development Program and has earned two Master’s degrees -- one in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and the other in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland.

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 - Mike Celata

Mike Celata has held various responsibilities within BOEM and its predecessor agencies for the past 20 years. He holds a B.A. in geology and physics from Bowdoin College and attended the Boston College Master of Science Program, where he was a seismological research assistant. He began his career as a geophysicist with Exxon and was with the company from 1984 to 1988, generating prospects in the onshore MAFLA Smackover trend. During his federal service, Mike has served as principal authority to enhance the development, acquisition and implementation of geoscience and petroleum engineering software at the agency and has provided guidance and expertise for the effective use and management of geological and geophysical data. He was Chief of Resource Studies from 2005 to 2010, where he provided oversight for geological play assessments, petrophysical analysis, and G&G permitting for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic OCS. Most recently, Mike has played a key role in advancing geological and geophysical survey activity along the Atlantic coast as Deputy Director for the Gulf of Mexico Office.

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 -- Joan Barminski

Joan Barminski has over 30 years of service with the Department of the Interior, working in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) energy program on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. As the Regional Director for the Pacific Region, she leads an office of scientists and program specialists in implementing bureau policy offshore California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. Her work includes developing regulatory policy and seeking a balance between resource development, public interest, and environmental protection. Barminski's office is currently responsible for managing existing oil and gas leases offshore southern California and actively working with stakeholders to provide access to offshore wind and wave energy resource development on the Pacific OCS. She also represents the Department of the Interior in ocean planning activities on the west coast through participation in regional ocean partnerships. Barminski, a California Registered Geologist, holds a B.A. in geology from Smith College and completed graduate work in coastal processes and marine geology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.