Assistant Director of Resources and Planning
In October 2023, Sharif Branham comes to BLM as the Assistant Director for Resources and Planning. Over the previous four years, he served as Director of the Strategic Support Services Division for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, D.C., guiding the development and implementation of the $6 billion Agency Financial Management Plan. Before holding that position, Sharif held a variety of positions at NRCS for nearly 20 years, including Acting Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment and Acting Chief of Staff to the Associate Chief of Conservation.
As BLM's Assistant Director for Resources and Planning, Sharif oversees policy development and program oversight for the Resources and Planning Directorate, including Planning and Decision Support; Range, Riparian and Forest Management; Fish and Wildlife Conservation; Cultural and Paleontological Resources; Wild Horse and Burro Management; and Environmental Quality and Protection.
Sharif earned a master's degree in environmental biology from the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor's degree in environmental science from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.