April 18, 2008

 Contact: Jeff Krauss, 202-452-5128


Lynda Stelzer Tapped to Head BLM’s National Operations Center
at Denver Federal Center


Bureau of Land Management Director Jim Caswell announced today the appointment of Lynda Stelzer of Portland, Ore., to head the agency’s National Operations Center in Denver. She currently serves as Deputy State Director for Management Services in the BLM Oregon/Washington State Office.

“Lynda has a wealth of experience in management operations at a variety of levels and in several agencies,” Caswell said. “I have a lot of confidence in Lynda and am pleased that she has agreed to accept this vital position.”

Stelzer will oversee the agency’s National Operations Center, which opened in October 2007 at the Denver Federal Center. The Center includes the Division of Resource Services, the Division of IRM Services, the Division of Human Resources Services and the Division of Business Services. Currently, the National Operations Center employs nearly 300 employees and 100 contractors.

Stelzer began her career with the Office of Personnel Management where she served as a secretary, processing supervisor, and personnel specialist. In the early 1980s, she joined the Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle as a Staffing Specialist. She moved to the Bonneville Power Administration’s Seattle office as a personnel specialist and later, the management services officer. After moving to Portland, Ore., she worked as the vice president of shared services and senior policy advisor for the Bonneville Power Administration before joining the BLM in 2007. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, leadership, and communication from Concordia University in Portland, Ore., in 2002.

The BLM manages more land – 258 million surface acres – than any other federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, and cultural resources on the public lands.