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

Alaska Region Director - Dr. James Kendall

Dr. James (Jim) Kendall serves as the Regional Director of BOEM’s Alaska OCS Region. Prior to moving to Alaska, Dr. Kendall served in research management positions in BOEM’s Gulf of Mexico and headquarters offices where he was, as is now, in the forefront of the Bureau’s science-informed decision-making processes. In Alaska, he is an active proponent for the better use of Traditional Knowledge in our decision-making processes and an advocate of the use of ocean exploration to support the stewardship of our OCS resources. Dr. Kendall earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Old Dominion University, a Ph.D. in oceanography from Texas A&M University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Marine Biology with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Senior Executive Fellows Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


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.


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.


Budget and Program Coordination Division Chief - Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson serves as the Chief of the Office of Budget and Program Coordination (OBPC) which is responsible for managing the budget planning and execution processes, as well as administrative services for BOEM. Mr. Anderson has been the Budget Officer for BOEM and its legacy organizations since 2004. Prior to joining BOEM Mr Anderson held positions in the Office of Management and Budget, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the National Park Service. Mr. Anderson completed his undergraduate degree at Northeastern University in Boston and obtained a graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.


Chief Environmental Officer - William Yancey Brown

Bill Brown returned to government service in November of 2013 as Chief Environmental Officer of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). He previously served as the Science Advisor to Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt in the Clinton Administration. 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; 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, Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology from the University of Hawaii, Master of Arts in teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Virginia. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Mary McLeod, and they have two daughters, Julia and Emma.


Chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs - James F. (Jim) Bennett

Jim Bennett is the Chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), US Department of the Interior. Jim has over 35 years of experience in the environmental and energy arenas serving in a variety of capacities in the Department and other Federal agencies. Prior to becoming the program manager for renewables, Jim led the Division of Environmental Assessment, overseeing BOEM’s compliance with the NEPA and other environmental laws focusing on Federal OCS programs, including oil and gas, sand and gravel, and renewable energy. He is a graduate of the Department's Manager Development Program and has earned two Master’s degrees -- one in Environmental Planning and the other in Computer Systems Management. His experience encompasses events such as the Exxon Valdez and the Deepwater Horizon oil spills, the Cape Wind energy project, and offshore renewable energy activities particularly in the Atlantic.


Strategic Resources Chief - Renee Orr

Renee Orr has served for over 27 years in various roles within BOEM, BOEMRE and MMS, and has been a senior executive on the leadership team since the inception of BOEM in 2011. In her current position as the Chief of the Office of Strategic Resources, she oversees development and implementation of the nation's Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Natural Gas Leasing Program, assessment and inventory of oil, gas, and other mineral resources, maintenance of official maps and geographic data, economic evaluations to ensure the receipt of fair market value for OCS resources, identification and mitigation of financial risks associated with offshore lease activities, and the conveyance of marine minerals for coastal restoration projects. Ms. Orr earned B.A. degrees in Economics and History from Metropolitan State College in Denver, CO and completed the DOI SES Candidate Development Program in 2001.


Division of Environmental Assessment Chief - Dr. Jill Lewandowski

Dr. Jill Lewandowski holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. She currently serves as BOEM's Chief of the Division of Environmental Assessment where she leads a national-level team of experts in providing environmental science and policy advice to decision-makers. In this role, Dr. Lewandowski also manages strategic initiatives to improve scientific rigor, stakeholder engagement, readability and effectiveness of BOEM's environmental analyses. She previously served as BOEM's subject matter expert on protected species and marine sound issues and also managed the Division's compliance with environmental consultations. Prior to joining BOEM in 2005, Dr. Lewandowski worked as a marine biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service and as a conservation programs administrator for the National Wildlife Federation.


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.