The BLM's national and state leaders bring a combination of innovation and experience to the organization and its more than 10,000-plus employees. Together, leaders and employees work side-by-side daily to manage and conserve the public lands for current and future generations. Meet the BLM's top leadership and learn more about their passion for the lands we love.


Photograph of Neil Kornze, Director, BLMNeil Kornze

Director, Bureau of Land Management

Neil Kornze was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Director of the Bureau of Land Management on April 8, 2014. Prior to assuming the role of Director, Kornze served the agency in a number of capacities, including as Principal Deputy Director, Acting Deputy Director, and Senior Advisor. 

Kornze now oversees the nation’s largest natural resources organization, with responsibility for more than ten percent of the land in the United States and one-third of the country’s minerals. The Bureau of Land Management has nearly 10,000 employees and an annual budget of $1.3 billion. Read the full biography.

Deputy Director Operations

Official photo of BLM Deputy Director of Operations Steven EllisSteven A. Ellis

Deputy Director of Operations, Bureau of Land Management

Ellis, who has spent 21 years as a line officer in the BLM and the Forest Service, most recently served as BLM-Idaho State Director.  Among other Forest Service positions held by Ellis, he was the Forest Supervisor for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Oregon.  Ellis has also held numerous jobs throughout the BLM, including Acting Associate District Manager in Las Vegas, District Manager of Oregon’s Lakeview District and Acting Deputy State Director in Alaska.  He has extensive wildfire experience in the West, including serving as an Incident Commander and has worked as a budget officer in the agency’s headquarters office in Washington, D.C.  During his time in the nation’s capital, Ellis was selected and served as a Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate. Read the full biography

Deputy Director Policy

Official photo of BLM Deputy Director of Policy Linda LanceLinda Lance

Deputy Director Policy, Bureau of Land Management

Linda Lance was named BLM's Deputy Director for Policy and Programs in October 2013. Prior to coming to BLM she served as Senior Counsel to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee from 2009-2013. Read the full biography


Alaska State Director

Official photo of BLM Alaska State Director Bud C. CribleyBud C. Cribley

BLM Alaska State Director

Bud Cribley joined the BLM in 1975 as a Forestry Technician in the Arizona Strip District in northwest Arizona.  Since then, he has held several positions as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the BLM in Montana, Utah, and Colorado.  Before moving to Washington, D.C., he served as a Field Manager and the Assistant District Manager for Nonrenewable Resources for the Winnemucca District in Nevada.  Read the full biography

Arizona State Director

Photo of BLM Arizona State Director Raymond SuazoRaymond Suazo

BLM Arizona State Director

Ray Suazo is the BLM Arizona State Director, responsible for leading a staff of nearly 500 employees and the management of more than 12 million surface and 17 million subsurface acres of public lands in Arizona. Ray joined the BLM Arizona State Office in 2006. He served as Chief Information Officer, Deputy State Director for Business and Support Services, and Associate State Director before his appointment as the Arizona State Director in 2011.   Read the full biography

California State Director

BLM California State Directory Jerry PerezJerome E. Perez

BLM California State Director

State Director Jerome E. Perez joined BLM California in January 2016.  Previously, he served as the State Director for BLM Oregon/Washington and as the Deputy Regional Forester of the U.S. Forest Service's Intermountain Region. His previous positions with the Forest Service include Forest Supervisor of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky, Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Stanislaus National Forest in California, and National Litigation Coordinator in Washington, D.C. Read the full biography

Colorado State Director

Official photo of BLM Colorado State Director Ruth WelchRuth Welch

BLM Colorado State Director

Ruth Welch began her Federal career with the Office of Surface Mining in 1989 and joined the BLM in 1993. Since then, she has served in a variety of positions throughout the Bureau. Read the full biography

Eastern States

Official photo of BLM Eastern States Director Karen MouritsenKaren Mouritsen

BLM Eastern States State Director

Karen Mouritsen was an attorney practicing law for DOI, but she was motivated to change careers change after after serving on detail as a BLM Associate District Manager when she learned how challenging and rewarding it is to work together as a team with many talented BLM employees.  Read the full biography

Idaho State Director

Official photo of BLM Idaho State Director Tim MurphyTim Murphy

BLM Idaho State Director

Tim Murphy was named the Idaho State Director for the Bureau of Land Management in 2014. In this role, Murphy leads with a thorough knowledge of resource management issues and demonstrated ability to build effective partnerships with public land stakeholders. He is actively involved in the Great Basin Sage Grouse Implementation Effort as the lead State Director.  Read the full biography

Montana State Director

Nevada State Director

BLM Nevada State Director John Ruhs, Reno, Nevada, BLM photoJohn Ruhs

BLM Nevada State Director

John Ruhs has an extensive background in Nevada, having served as Ely District Manager and Winnemucca District Fire Management Officer. In addition to his work in Nevada, John has also served as BLM’s Senior Special Assistant in Washington, D.C., and District Manager of the High Desert District in Wyoming. He has also worked for the BLM in Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon. Read the full biography

New Mexico State Director

Official photo of BLM New Mexico State Director Amy LuedersAmy Lueders

BLM New Mexico State Director

Amy graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. She began her BLM career in 1984 at the Washington Office as a mineral economist. She later held a number of budget development and program analysis positions. Amy then served as the Field Manager in Las Cruces, N.M. before moving to Nevada to serve as the BLM Nevada Associate State Director before advancing to the State Director position. Read the full biography




Oregon-Washington State Director

Official photo of BLM Montana/Dakotas State Director Jamie ConnellJamie Connell

BLM Oregon-Washington State Director

In Oregon-Washington, Connell will oversee more than 16 million acres of public land in Oregon and Washington that comprise a mix of heavily forested lands west of the Cascades and the dry, sagebrush ecosystems of the Great Basin.  These BLM-managed lands support diverse uses, resources, and values, including recreation, wilderness, wildlife, timber harvesting, livestock grazing, wild horses and burros, and mineral extraction.  Read the full biography

Utah State Director

BLM Utah State Director Ed Roberson. BLM photoEd Roberson

BLM Utah State Director

As BLM Utah State Director, Ed Roberson leads a team that administers 23 million acres of public lands and 32 million acres of mineral and energy resources in Utah.  Read the full biography

Wyoming State Director

Official photo of Wyoming State Director Mary Jo Rugwell.Mary Jo Rugwell

BLM Wyoming State Director

Mary Jo Rugwell was selected as the state director for the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming. She had been acting state director for about a year and a half prior to being chosen. Mary Jo served as the Associate State Director in Wyoming for over two years. She  is a native of Cheyenne, WY.  Read the full biography