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STATEMENT: CAP Executive Vice President for Policy Carmel Martin on Former Interior Department Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes Joining CAP as Visiting Senior Fellow
Press Statement

STATEMENT: CAP Executive Vice President for Policy Carmel Martin on Former Interior Department Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes Joining CAP as Visiting Senior Fellow

Washington, D.C. — Today, Center for American Progress Executive Vice President for Policy Carmel Martin announced that David J. Hayes has joined the organization as a Visiting Senior Fellow. Hayes—who twice served as deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior from 2009 to 2013 and 1999-2001 —will focus on policy issues related to public lands, including energy development, conservation, climate change, and governance.

Throughout his career, David has developed and delivered innovative and common-sense solutions to some of our nation’s natural resource challenges, from preparing for the impacts of climate change on our parks and public lands to settling long-running water conflicts in the West. With his keen ability to anticipate and prepare for emerging challenges, David will help us develop a new generation of policy ideas that respond to the changing demands on and uses of America’s public lands and natural resources.

Hayes is a resident at Stanford University, where he is a distinguished visiting lecturer in law and teaches courses related to energy and environmental law and policy. Hayes also serves as vice-chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, where he is helping guide the U.S. response to the international wildlife trafficking crisis. As deputy secretary of the Interior Department, Hayes was the chief operating officer of 70,000 employees and helped facilitate the approval of more than 13,000 megawatts of renewable energy projects on public lands and offshore waters. He also spearheaded the department’s first-ever coordinated plan to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change on water, wildlife, and coastal resources, among many other accomplishments.

For more information, contact Tom Caiazza at [email protected] or 202.481.7141.

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