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Breakfast with the U.S. Department of the Interior
The Dena’ina Center
Thursday, March 8th
We are excited to announce an opportunity to hear from the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, David Bernhardt, and Alaska’s own Joe Balash, Department of the Interior, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. We are presenting this program in cooperation with The Alliance and ask that you register through their website by clicking here.
Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior
President Trump nominated Bernhardt for the position in April 2017 and the U.S. Senate confirmed him in July 2017. He was sworn-in by Secretary Zinke on August 1, 2017. As Deputy Secretary, Bernhardt is the second-highest-ranking official at the Interior Department with statutory responsibilities as the Chief Operating Officer
From 2001 and 2009, he held several positions within the Department of the Interior, including serving as Solicitor. In that capacity, he led the International Boundary Commission between the United States and Canada and was responsible, along with his Canadian counterpart, for maintaining the 5,525 mile international boundary between these two nations. Prior to that, he served then-Secretary Norton as a deputy solicitor, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the Secretary, and as director of Congressional and Legislative affairs and counselor to the Secretary.
Department of the Interior, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
A native of North Pole, Alaska, living in Washington D.C., Balash brings more than 19 years of experience in land and natural resource management.
Joe Balash most recently served as the Chief of Staff to Senator Dan Sullivan before his confirmation. He is the former Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Balash heads the Department of the Interior’s management of all federal lands and waters, and their associated mineral and non-mineral resources, as well as the appropriate regulation of surface coal mining. The Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management is committed to managing, protecting, and improving lands and waters to serve the needs of the American people at all times.