Dr. James (Jim) Kendall serves as the Regional Director of the BOEM Gulf of Mexico Regional Office. Before moving back to Louisiana, Jim served 11 years as the BOEM Alaska Regional Director. Jim started his career in 1989 with the Gulf Office’s Studies program and then moved to Headquarters where he was, as he is now, a proponent for knowledge-informed decision-making, including the use of science, indigenous knowledge, and ocean exploration.
Jim earned a BS in biology from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia; 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 Senior Executive Fellows Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and was awarded their Executive Certificate in Public Leadership.