BREAKFAST POLICY ROUNDTABLE
Federal leaders and private industry share insights and updates on policies.
Ecological Restoration Business Association
Randy holds both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in botany from Eastern Illinois University. He is Manager of Operations for Land and Water Resources Inc. (LAWR) one of the first mitigation banking companies in the nation. In his current position he manages all operations for 7 mitigation banks in 4 states. LAWR is currently in the process of permitting 2 new banks in Illinois. Randy brings a wealth of experience to his position. Most recently he was Director of Consulting for Applied Ecological Services, Inc. He has also worked in the government sector where he was Manager of the Mining Program for the Illinois Department of Conservation and he has worked in the not-for-profit sector where he served as Executive Director of the Illinois Nurserymen's Association and was also a registered lobbyist. He has served on numerous boards and committees including serving as President of the Nursery and Landscape Association Executives of North America. He currently serves as Treasurer of the National Mitigation Banking Association.
Chief, Regulatory Program
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Jennifer Moyer has worked in the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 1994. Her Corps career began as a biologist in the Baltimore District, working as a team member on environmental restoration and flood damage reduction projects in Maryland and Pennsylvania. After transitioning into the Regulatory Program, she worked primarily on large transportation projects, including successfully managing the permit evaluation of the $2.3 billion Woodrow Wilson Bridge project. Jennifer joined the Regulatory team at Corps Headquarters in 2002 where she has served at various times as the primary point of contact for the North Atlantic, Northwestern, Pacific Ocean, South Atlantic, Southwestern, and South Pacific Divisions. She was the HQUSACE Regulatory national transportation liaison to the Federal Highway Administration from 2005-2009 and has enjoyed being a part of the Regulatory PROSPECT instructor cadre since 2003. Jennifer holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Dickinson College and a Masters Degree in Botany from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently the Chief of the Corps Regulatory Program. A native of New Hampshire, Jennifer resides in Baltimore.
Chief, Wetlands, & Aquatic Resources Regulatory Branch
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Russell Kaiser joined the US EPA Office of Waters and Wetlands, Wetlands Division in July of 2012. Mr. Kaiser is the Acting Associate Director for the Oceans & Coastal Protection Division and will be the Branch Chief for the Freshwater & Marine Regulatory Branch starting on May 28. In his new position, he will be primarily responsible for administering the section 404, including mitigation, and the ocean dumping programs.
Prior to joining the US EPA Team, Russ worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers for 20 plus years, where he had the opportunity to work for the Los Angeles District, HQs, and the Savannah District.
Russ has a B.S. in Zoology, with an emphasis in freshwater ecology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a M.S. in Oceanography/Coastal Zone Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Acting Assistant Director, Resources and Planning
Bureau of Land Management
Karen most recently served as the BLM's liaison to ASLM, applying her field experience to provide advice concerning core BLM issues, including renewable energy, sage-grouse, fire, and planning. Prior to moving to DC, she worked for BLM-Alaska 2012-2015 as the Anchorage District Manager where she took a leadership role with the many partners in developing a long-term management strategy for BLM-AK, expanding the Campbell Creek Science Center’s youth and education program to provide state-wide services, and developing a long-term vision to guide the District into the future. Karen moved to Alaska from Washington State, where she was the Wenatchee Field Manager from 2008-2012. Prior to her time in Washington State, she worked in the Phoenix District as the Sonoran Desert National Monument Manager and Lower Sonoran Field Office Planner. She began her career with the federal government in 1999, working for two years in D.C. at the Department of the Interior policy office and the BLM Planning Division. Prior to joining the federal government, Karen worked for 8 years as a software and systems engineer in the computer industry. Karen has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Union College and a master’s degree in landscape ecology from Duke University.
Chief, Division of Environmental Review, Headquarters Ecological Services
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Craig Aubrey is the Chief of the Environmental Review Division at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Headquarters Office. In that capacity, he helps establish policy and oversees staff addressing issues such as mitigation and conservation banking, renewable energy, transportation, and implementation of the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, National Environmental Policy Act and Clean Water Act.
Prior to working for Headquarters, Craig was the Field Supervisor for Ecological Services at the South Florida Ecological Services Office, where he supervised staff working in all areas of an Ecological Services Office. Areas of emphasis included: Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Sikes Act, and Coastal Barrier Resource Act implementation. The SFESO also had active Contaminants and Coastal programs.
Craig has worked for the Service since 2001, starting out as an endangered species biologist in the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office. After working in Sacramento for 6 years, he moved to Charleston, SC, where he served as the Coastal Program Coordinator for 3 years.
Thursday, May 11
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Regional Habitat Program Leader and Senior Policy Advisor for Protected Resources
NOAA, National Marine Fisheries
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