Date: Monday, March 13, 2023
WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today announced additional Biden-Harris administration appointees who will join agency leadership to help create jobs in the clean energy economy, steward America’s public lands and waters, pursue environmental justice and honor our nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes.
“Two years into the Biden-Harris administration, the Interior Department is making steady progress to implement President Biden’s agenda – from investing in America’s infrastructure, to strengthening Indian Country, to championing ambitious clean energy goals,” said Chief of Staff Rachael Taylor. “We are thrilled to welcome a new group of accomplished professionals to the Interior Department who will help continue our work to deliver for the American public.”
The new appointees are listed below in alphabetical order:
Annalise Blum, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
Annalise Blum is an environmental engineer and hydrologist with expertise in climate, water and national security policy. She most recently served as Senior Advisor for Climate Policy at the Department of Defense. Annalise has over a decade of experience leading multi-disciplinary research focused on water security, extreme events, and the impacts of climate change. She has also worked at Johns Hopkins University, National Academy of Sciences, American Meteorological Society, U.S. Geological Survey, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental and water resources engineering from Tufts University, M.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and B.S. from Stanford University.
Maria Camila Gomez Osorio, Special Assistant, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
Maria Camila Gomez Osorio, a proud New Yorker, graduated from Buffalo State University with a degree in Political Science and obtained her Master of International Affairs from the University of Albany. She has served in constituent based and legislative roles in both state and federal elected offices. Prior to her service with elected officials, she worked for a nonprofit agency dedicated to assisting refugee and asylum seekers settle in the United States.
Rebecca Jablonski-Diehl, Advisor, Office of Policy, Management and Budget
Rebecca Jablonski-Diehl joins the Interior Department after serving as senior professional staff for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, where she handled the committee’s nature-based climate solutions portfolio. She has a decade of experience in conservation policy roles, including positions at the Pew Charitable Trusts and at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Rebecca holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Henry Wykowski, Advisor, Bureau of Land Management
Henry Wykowski joins the Biden-Harris administration after nearly five years on the House Natural Resources Committee staff, working under Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ). While on the Committee, Henry served as a Professional Staff Member for the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, handling Bureau of Land Management policy, conservation work, and the Committee’s work on tribal co-stewardship of public lands. During that time, he worked closely with Subcommittee Chair Joe Neguse (117th Congress) and Subcommittee Chair Deb Haaland (116th Congress) before she was appointed Secretary of the Interior. Henry is originally from New York state and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.