Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs

Douglas W. Domenech

Douglas W. Domenech
Assistant Secretary
Insular and International Affairs

U.S. Department of the Interior

Doug Domenech was nominated by President Donald J. Trump and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on September 13, 2017, as the Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs. On September 18, 2017, he was sworn into office.

The Assistant Secretary’s responsibilities were expanded on February 5, 2018 when the Secretary of the Interior signed Secretarial Order #3361, expanding the functions and responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas to include the Office of International Affairs, and the Ocean, Great Lakes, and Coastal Program.  The new expanded portfolio under Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech is now Office of the Assistant Secretary Insular and International Affairs.

Domenech, whose family is from Puerto Rico, holds a BS in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Virginia Tech University and he previously served as the Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia overseeing six state environmental, recreation, and historic resource agencies.  During the George W. Bush Administration, Domenech served at the Department of the Interior as White House Liaison and then Deputy Chief of Staff to Interior Secretaries Gale Norton and Dirk Kempthorne.  In addition, he served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas.  Domenech serves as the Secretary’s appointee to the Advisory Council of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico (Para la Naturaleza).

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