White House Announces Several Nominations to U.S. Department of Interior Leadership

WASHINGTON –The White House today announced the intent to nominate several officials to serve at the Department of the Interior, including:

  • Tommy Beaudreau, Deputy Secretary
  • Shannon Estenoz, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
  • Winnie Stachelberg, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget
  • Tanya Trujillo, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science

The nominations will now be considered by the U.S. Senate.


“Our nominees each have deep experience leading on energy and environmental issues, working across federal, state, local and Tribal governments, and coordinating engagement with a variety of stakeholders. I look forward to working with them to advance Interior’s mission to steward America’s natural, cultural and historic resources and honor our nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes,” said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

Tommy P. Beaudreau is an attorney and former Chief of Staff for the Department of the Interior under Secretary Sally Jewell. During his nearly seven years with the Department, he also served as the first Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and as Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. He most recently was a lawyer in private practice at Latham & Watkins, LLP and was a non-resident fellow with Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy. Tommy is a graduate of Yale University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He was born in Colorado, raised in Alaska, and currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.

Shannon Estenoz most recently was the Chief Operating Officer of The Everglades Foundation. Previously, Shannon served as Interior’s Director of Everglades Restoration Initiatives and Executive Director of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Shannon’s twenty four-year career in conservation includes roles with the World Wildlife Fund and the National Parks Conservation Association, and appointments by three Florida Governors including to the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District. Shannon is a fifth generation native of Key West, Florida, and holds degrees in International Affairs and Civil Engineering from Florida State University.

Winnie Stachelberg is the executive vice president for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress, where she has played an integral role in developing and driving the strategic direction of a multi-issue progressive agenda. Prior to joining CAP, she spent 11 years with the Human Rights Campaign, serving as both Political Director and the first vice president of HRC’s Foundation. Winnie started her career as a budget analyst at the Office of Management and Budget. A native New Yorker, she taught English at George Washington High School after graduating Georgetown University. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University.

Tanya Trujillo is a water lawyer with more than 20 years of experience working on complex natural resources management issues and interstate and transboundary water agreements. She most recently worked as a project director with the Colorado River Sustainability Campaign. Before then, she served as the Executive Director of the Colorado River Board of California. She has served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and as Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at Interior. A native New Mexican, Tanya attended Stanford University and the University of Iowa College of Law.

About the U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.

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