Grand Junction – The Bureau of Land Management announced that a Colorado attorney who previously worked on environmental group cases will serve as the agency’s new deputy director.
The US Department of the Interior said that Nada Colfer, who has been appointed to the position, will actively manage the BLM in the short term, replacing former agency director William Perry Bendley, The Daily Sentinel I mentioned Tuesday.
The administration also said Culfer’s new position was the first in the order of succession. Culver will perform tasks delegated to the manager until someone is hired. Bendali also ran the agency as a deputy director since the position of director of the agency was vacant.
The position is subject to Senate approval after nomination by the president.
President Joe Biden has not nominated anyone to serve as director.
The Home Office made the announcement on Monday, saying the ministry’s political team “proudly reflects the diversity of America” with more than half of the team identified as people of color and 80% women.
The office oversees nearly a quarter of a billion acres of public acres in the western United States and a large portion of the country’s development of onshore oil and gas.
Culfer said she could not comment on her new job, instead referring questions to the department.
Most recently she held the position of Vice President of Public Lands and Senior Policy Adviser at the National Audubon Society. She previously worked as a senior advisor and senior director of policy and planning at the Wilderness Society, where she created a group that worked with people to participate in land use planning processes and management decisions.
Culfer began her career working on environmental issues. She was a partner at the law firm Patton Boggs, and now Squire Patton Boggs.