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.

Deputy Director, Operations

Micheal Nedd

Michael D. Nedd

Deputy Director, Operations, Bureau of Land Management

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. Read the full biography.

Alaska State Director

Chad PadgettChad Padgett

BLM Alaska State Director

Chad Padgett became the BLM’s State Director for Alaska in February 2019. Read the full biography

Arizona State Director

Photo of BLM Arizona State Director Raymond SuazoRaymond Suazo

BLM Arizona State Director

Ray Suazo became the BLM Arizona State Director in 2012. Read the full biography

California State Director

BLM California State Director Karen Mouritsen, BLM photo.

Karen Mouritsen

BLM California State Director

Karen Mouritsen is the BLM’s State Director for California. Read the full biography.

Colorado State Director

Shoop_Acting CO SDJamie Connell

BLM Colorado State Director

Jamie Connell became the BLM’s Colorado State Director in November 2018.  Read the full biography

Eastern States Director

Mitchell LeveretteMitchell 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. Read the full biography

Idaho State Director

BLM Idaho State Director John F. RuhsJohn F. Ruhs

BLM Idaho State Director

John Ruhs became Idaho State Director in March 2019. Ruhs was previously the BLM’s Assistant Director of Fire and Aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Read the full biography

Montana State Director

MTDAKs State Director John MehlhoffJohn Mehlhoff

BLM Montana - 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. Read the full biography

Nevada State Director

New Mexico State Director

BLM New Mexico Acting State Director Steve WellsSteve Wells

BLM New Mexico Acting State Director

Steve Wells is the acting State Director for the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico, where he oversees the management of public lands and minerals in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. Read the full biography.

Oregon-Washington State Director

OR/WA State Director Barry BushueBarry Bushue

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. Read the full biography

Utah State Director

Greg SheehanGreg Sheehan

BLM 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. Read the full biography

Wyoming State Director

BLM Wyoming Acting State Director Kim LiebhauserKim L. Liebhauser

BLM Wyoming Acting 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.  Read the full biography

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