Sarah Ryker

Biography

In this capacity, Sarah oversees the research and assessments conducted on the location, quantity, and quality of mineral and energy resources, including the economic and environmental effects of resource extraction and use.

Before joining the EM Mission Area, Sarah served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water & Science/Acting Counselor for Water & Science in the Department of the Interior (DOI). In addition to previously holding the position of Deputy AD for Climate and Land Use Change from September 2011 to January 2016, Sarah has extensive prior experience with the USGS as a researcher from 1989 to 2002. Sarah’s additional professional experience includes acting as the Director of the Office of North Africa and Arabian Affairs/Middle East Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and roles with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Council on Environmental Quality.

Sarah earned her Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington.