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Lief Horwitz

As the Regional Program Officer and Tribal Liaison for the USGS Northwest-Pacific Islands Region (DOI Regions 9 & 12), Lief supports coordination and external engagement at seven USGS Science Centers in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon & Washington.


Lief serves on the senior staff of the Northwest-Pacific Islands Region.  As the Regional Program Officer and Tribal Liaison, Lief is focused on providing improved access to USGS science, data, information and tools for the benefit of Northwest Tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations, partners, stakeholders and the general public.

Professional Experience

  • Program Officer & Tribal Liaison, USGS Northwest-Pacific Islands Regional Office

  • Staff Biologist, USGS Biological Resources Western Regional Office

  • Program Analyst, USGS Biological Resources Discipline

  • Budget Analyst, USGS Biological Resources Discipline

Education and Certifications

  • Virginia Tech, Urban and Regional Planning,  M.A. 

  • Clark University, Government, B.A. 

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI) 

  • Graduate, USDA Graduate School Executive Leadership Program

  • Presidential Management Intern (PMI), Office of Personnel Management

Science and Products