Deputy State Director,
As BLM California welcomed its new State Director, it also welcomed its new Deputy State Director for External Affairs, Doran Sanchez. Since his arrival, he has been hard at work on the various issues concerning BLM California.
Sanchez was previously the Chief of Communications for BLM in Nevada. Sanchez began his federal career as a Public Affairs Specialist in the California Desert District where he committed 17 years. During this time he represented BLM on three broad-based interagency councils and has dealt with many complex public and land management issues, projects, and programs. He also has been actively involved in the Bureau’s wild horse and burro program throughout his 21 years with BLM in Southern California and Nevada.
Sanchez grew up in McDermitt, Nevada, graduated high school in 1969. He then served four years in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1974. He then moved to Texas where he earned two degrees in journalism. His professional experience includes six years as a reporter, editor, and photojournalist and three years as a regional marketing director.
When he’s not working, Sanchez has more than 35 years of experience in photography – he particularly enjoys black and white photography, including printing and developing. He plays three musical instruments, including piano, guitar and banjo. In addition, he enjoys chess, billiards, cooking and drawing (pencil and charcoal).