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Matt Lee-Ashley is a senior fellow at American Progress. Previously, he was the organization’s director of Public Lands.

Prior to joining American Progress, Lee-Ashley served as deputy chief of staff at the Department of the Interior, overseeing policy, external, communications, and legislative matters on behalf of Secretary Ken Salazar. In 2010 Lee-Ashley was named the Interior Department’s communications director during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, leading the department’s communications response to the crisis and helping undertake the aggressive offshore oil and gas reform agenda of the Obama administration. Lee-Ashley also led an update to the department’s communications policy to provide the first-ever protections of scientific integrity, helped formulate and implement the administration’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, and advised Secretary Salazar on a wide range of land management and energy issues.

From 2005 to 2008 Lee-Ashley worked in the U.S. Senate for then-Sen. Salazar (D-CO), handling military, veterans affairs, and energy and environment policy. In 2008 Lee-Ashley was promoted to serve as the senator’s communications director and chief speechwriter.

A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lee-Ashley graduated summa cum laude from Pomona College in Claremont, California, in 2004.

By Matt Lee-Ashley
The Race for NatureCenter for American ProgressJune 23, 2020
10 Years After Deepwater Horizon, Oil Spills and Accidents Are on the RiseCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2020
The House of Representatives Is Working To Restore America’s Conservation VisionCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2020
The Green SqueezeCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2019
A Vast Liquidation of Public Lands Is Underway in AlaskaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2019
How Much Nature Should America Keep?Center for American ProgressAugust 6, 2019
Interior Department Is Cutting Corners and Ignoring Science in the Arctic National Wildlife RefugeCenter for American ProgressJanuary 10, 2019
The Trump Administration Is Adding to the Pain at the PumpCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2018
Commentary: Secretary Zinke’s Empty Promise to Fund the National ParksFortuneApril 16, 2018
The Fire Sale of America’s OceansCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2018
Interior Department for SaleCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2018
Tax Bills Would Eliminate All Oil, Gas, and Coal Payments to Western StatesCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2017
The Energy Case Against Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife RefugeCenter for American ProgressNovember 13, 2017
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 101Center for American ProgressOctober 10, 2017
Who’s Pulling the Strings on President Trump’s Anti-Environmental Agenda?Center for American ProgressMarch 15, 2017
For Polluters, Congress Will Overturn an Environmental Rule for $2.3 MillionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2017
Yosemite for SaleCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2017
How Exxon Won the 2016 ElectionCenter for American ProgressJanuary 10, 2017
Natural Areas Are Disappearing. Lawmakers, Act Now.Real Clear PolicyMay 31, 2016
Congress Should Confront the Rise of Violent Extremism on America’s Public LandsCenter for American ProgressMarch 24, 2016
The Ideological Assault on America’s National ParksInsideSourcesJanuary 22, 2016
Too Hot to HandleCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2015
Confronting America’s Wildlife Extinction CrisisCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2015
New Protections for the Greater Sage Grouse Strengthen President Obama’s Conservation RecordCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2015
The Environmental Impacts of Exporting More American Crude OilCenter for American ProgressAugust 21, 2015
Fair Share ScorecardCenter for American ProgressAugust 17, 2015
Even With the Clean Power Plan, Federal Policies Still Favor CoalInsideSourcesAugust 6, 2015
Saving America’s Top Parks ProgramCenter for American ProgressJuly 15, 2015
With Fossil Fuels the Focus of Its First 100 Days, the New Congress Has No Results to ShowCenter for American ProgressApril 15, 2015
Cutting Greenhouse Gas from Fossil-Fuel Extraction on Federal Lands and WatersCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2015
Revitalizing AppalachiaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2015
The Government Should Begin to Measure America’s Powerful Outdoor EconomyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 21, 2015
Cutting Subsidies and Closing Loopholes in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Coal ProgramCenter for American ProgressJanuary 6, 2015
The Fossil-Fuel Industry Spent Big to Set the Anti-Environment Agenda of the Next CongressCenter for American ProgressDecember 22, 2014
Payback: A First Look at the Fossil-Fuel and Anti-Environment Agenda of the Next CongressCenter for American ProgressNovember 5, 2014
Reducing Methane Pollution from Fossil-Fuel Production on America’s Public LandsCenter for American ProgressOctober 6, 2014
Infographic: The Land and Water Conservation Fund—How America’s Best Parks Program WorksCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2014
Fact Sheet: 5 Things You Should Know About Powder River Basin Coal ExportsCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2014
Oil and Gas Industry Investments in the National Rifle Association and Safari Club InternationalCenter for American ProgressApril 29, 2014
5 Steps to Improve Safety and Avoid More Government Waste in King Cove, AlaskaCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2014
Better Reflecting Our Country’s Growing DiversityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 19, 2014
Why President Obama Should Discuss Conservation for the First Time in His State of the Union AddressCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2014
A Turning Point for the Bureau of Land ManagementCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2013
The Clogged Carbon Sink: U.S. Public Lands Are the Source of 4.5 Times More Carbon Pollution Than They Can AbsorbCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2013
Protecting the Taxpayer’s Share of Natural Resource Revenues on Public Lands and OceansCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2013
Shutdown Adds Insult to Injury for Crumbling National Parks and MonumentsCenter for American ProgressOctober 2, 2013
A Blueprint for BalanceCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2013
Top 10 Ways the House of Representatives’ Environmental Spending Bill Would Ruin Your SummerCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2013