Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs
Lori was appointed as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas in February, 2014. Prior to serving in this position, she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs where she managed and coordinated the Department’s international activities while addressing complex pressing policy issues, especially those of a cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder nature. A veteran of both state government and nonprofit organizations, Lori joined the Department’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, in 2009 where she served as the Deputy Director and then as Director until her appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs.
Lori came to the Department after serving for six years as a senior advisor to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. She advised the governor on a broad range of issues including agriculture, energy, natural resources, and the environment. She worked on broad policy issues including forest health, climate change and water management and represented Arizona on the Western Governors Association Staff Advisory Council and the Western Interstate Energy Board. Previously, she spent more than ten years at The Nature Conservancy as part of the national government relations team, ending her tenure as the Director of Government Relations for Arizona.
Lori counts the people and the issues touched by the department as the key reasons why she enjoys her work at the Department of the Interior.
She has two grown sons and a rescue dog named Mack. She enjoys spending time with her family, taking Mack on long walks, working out, hiking and running and reading a good book on a nice beach.