- Published: 11 January 2023 11 January 2023
The US Department of the Interior has announced that Elizabeth (Liz) Klein has been named Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Liz succeeds Amanda Lefton, who served as the first BOEM Director in the Biden-Harris administration and announced her resignation, effective January 19, 2023.
Liz is an experienced attorney and leader in clean energy, climate change, and environmental law and policy. A member of the Biden-Harris administration since January 20, 2021, Liz has served as Senior Counselor to Secretary Haaland with an emphasis on water policy and climate change resilience.
Prior to joining the Administration, Liz was Deputy Director of the non-partisan State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law, which supports state Attorneys General addressing clean energy, climate, and environmental initiatives of regional and national importance. President Biden is the third President under which Liz has served at Interior, having worked for both the Clinton and Obama administrations. Under Secretaries Ken Salazar and Sally Jewell, Liz served as Interior’s Associate Deputy Secretary as well as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy, Management and Budget. She was a key architect of the Obama Administration's work to create a new offshore wind industry and leasing program.