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Employee Profile - Focus on Youth

Sarah Quinn

Renewable Energy Program and Environmental Coordinator
Renewable Energy Coordination Office

Sarah Quinn, a Presidential Management Fellow along with Ashley Conrad-Saydah and Janet Lawson, is the latest to join the Renewable Energy Coordination Office where she will assist with the development of BLM's renewable energy program and work on project-specific environmental compliance issues.

Although this is her first assignment with the BLM, Sarah has experience with the National Park Service in the Environmental Quality Division in Lakewood, Colorado.  She has also specialized in natural resources for the Colorado Attorney General's Office.   Her most recent experience has been with the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell in Denver, a national law firm with a practice focused on solving problems that involve environmental, land use, public lands and transportation law.

Originally from Minneapolis, Sarah moved west to study at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.  She took a year off from school in 2001 to live and work as a guide at a nature preserve in Costa Rica.  She managed to get some college credits in biology and Spanish out of the experience, however, and returned to Flagstaff to complete her degree in biology with an emphasis in ecological restoration, receiving her diploma in 2002.  After five years in the workforce, Sarah returned to academics at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2006.  The school is known for its commitment to public service and is ranked as a "Top Law School for Public Interest Law" by the National Jurist.  While there, Sarah focused on natural resources and environmental law, and was on the boards of the Land Use Law Society and the Water Law Review. She received her Juris Doctor in 2009 and entered the Presidential Management Fellows program.

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program is a prestigious two-year paid government fellowship sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for recent graduate students to work in a United States government agency.


Sarah Quinn
Sarah Quinn

Like her colleagues Ashley and Janet, Sarah will have an opportunity to rotate to another government agency or bureau during her two year fellowship.  By participating in rotations, she can gain management experience or work in specific occupational fields.   

Outside of school and work, Sarah enjoys gardening, sailing, hiking and backpacking with her dogs.