Leadership

The BLM's national and state leaders bring a combination of innovation and experience to the organization.  Together, leaders and employees work side-by-side daily to manage the public lands as working landscapes that support a greater America. Our multiple-use mandate ensures healthy, productive public lands for current and future generations. Learn more about the BLM's top leadership below.

Director

Tracy Stone-Manning

BLM Director
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In September 2021, Tracy Stone-Manning was confirmed as the 19th Director of the Bureau of Land Management. Tracy Stone-Manning has spent her career devoted to public service and conservation, bringing people

Deputy Director, Policy and Programs
Nada Wolff Culver

Nada Wolff Culver

Deputy Director of Policy and Programs
Nada Wolff Culver is the Deputy Director of Policy and Programs. Nada most recently served as the Vice President, Public Lands and Senior Policy Counsel at the National Audubon Society.
Deputy Director, Operations
Michael Nedd

Michael D. Nedd

Deputy Director, Operations
As Deputy Director for Operations, Mike Nedd oversees the BLM’s daily activities and initiatives and more than 9,000 employees, located mostly in the western states.
Alaska State Director
Thomas Heinlein

Thomas Heinlein

Acting Alaska State Director
Thomas Heinlein became the Acting BLM State Director for Alaska in August 2021.
Arizona State Director
Ray Suazo

Raymond Suazo

BLM Arizona State Director
Ray Suazo became the BLM Arizona State Director in 2012.
California State Director

Karen Mouritsen

California State Director
Karen Mouritsen is the BLM’s State Director for California.
Colorado State Director
Jamie Connell, BLM Colorado State Director

Jamie Connell

BLM Colorado State Director
Jamie Connell became the BLM’s Colorado State Director in November 2018.
Eastern States State Director
Mitchell Leverette

Mitchell Leverette

BLM Eastern States State Director
Mitch Leverette became the BLM’s Eastern States Director after serving as acting Deputy Assistant Director and acting Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management in the Washington (DC) Office.
Idaho State Director
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Peter Ditton

BLM Idaho State Director (Acting)
Peter Ditton became the acting Idaho State Director in August 2021. Ditton was previously BLM Idaho's Associate State Director.
Montana-Dakotas State Director
Montana/Dakotas State Director John Mehlhoff

John Mehlhoff

Montana and the Dakotas State Director
John Mehlhoff is returning to the BLM as State Director for Montana and the Dakotas after having been the Program Director for Coordination, Enforcement, Valuation, and Appeals for the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) since 2014.
Nevada State Director
New Mexico State Director
Acting New Mexico State Director Melanie Barnes

Melanie Barnes

Acting BLM New Mexico State Director

Melanie Barnes is the Acting State Director for the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico, where she oversees the management of public lands and minerals in New Mexico, Oklahoma

Oregon-Washington State Director
OR/WA State Director Barry Bushue

Barry Bushue

BLM Oregon-Washington State Director
Barry Bushue became the BLM’s State Director for Oregon and Washington after working for the Oregon Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he served as the State Executive Director.
Utah State Director

Greg Sheehan

Utah State Director
As BLM's State Director in Utah, Greg Sheehan leads a team that administers nearly 22.9 million acres of public lands, representing about 42% of the state.
Wyoming State Director
BLM Wyoming Acting State Director Kim Liebhauser

Kim Liebhauser

Acting BLM Wyoming State Director
Kim Liebhauser became the acting BLM State Director for Wyoming in October 2020, overseeing the administration of 18 million acres of public lands and more than 40 million acres of federal mineral estate.

 

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