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Nancy LeeNancy Lee
Regional Director, Acting, Alaska, USGS


Since March 2009, Nancy Lee has served as the the Deputy Regional Director, Northwest Region, providing executive leadership and guidance to eight science centers throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and the GeoHazard Science Center in Golden Colorado. She serves as the Northwest Region lead for Climate Change, Energy, and Forest issues. Nancy has completed several executive details for the USGS and serves a leadership role in various USGS councils.

Career History and Highlights

Prior to coming to the USGS, Nancy held leadership roles with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), serving as Deputy State Supervisor in Oregon, and Chief, Conservation Planning Assistance program at Headquarters Office in Arlington, Virginia. She has extensive experience and expertise in endangered species, forest conservation, and sage-steppe ecosystem. In addition, Nancy served as USFWS lead for energy, transportation, water supply, landscape restoration, and wetlands conservation issues, working to reduce the rate of species/habitat loss on large development and infrastructure projects.

Nancy began her Federal career as a field biologist with the US Forest Service and worked on the Payette, Ochoco, and Mt Hood National Forests.


Nancy is a Wildlife Ecologist (M.S. University of Montana, B.S. Southern Illinois University, Post-Graduate Diploma, Lincoln College, New Zealand).


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