California State Director
Karen Mouritsen is the BLM’s State Director for California. Previously, she was the Eastern States Director and Deputy Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management. During her career with the BLM, Mouritsen served as the acting Alaska State Director, acting New Mexico State Director, and acting Associate District Manager for both the Las Vegas District in Nevada and Medford District in Oregon. She was also the BLM Liaison to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management and the Budget Officer. Before joining the BLM, Mouritsen spent 10 years as an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated from the College of Engineering and earned her juris doctor degree from the School of Law.