Former Senate committee staff member appointed deputy MMS director

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 25 -- Mary Katherine Ishee, an environmental consultant whose previous Washington energy experience includes jobs on two key US Senate committees, has been named the US Minerals Management Service’s deputy director.

MMS Director S. Elizabeth Birnbaum said Ishee will assist her in administration of federal Outer Continental Shelf energy resource programs, including offshore renewable energy development as well as oil and gas activity.

Before becoming a private environmental consultant, Ishee was senior energy counsel on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee and counsel on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, MMS said in its Jan. 20 announcement of her appointment.

Ishee began her Washington career as a staff attorney in the US Department of the Interior’s solicitor’s office, where she worked on a variety of onshore and offshore mineral development issues, the DOI agency added.

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