Date: Monday, July 12, 2021
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WASHINGTON — Shannon Estenoz was sworn in today as Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks by Secretary Deb Haaland.
“Shannon’s decades of experience protecting and conserving our public lands and the wildlife who call them home is invaluable. She will be an incredible asset as Interior plays a key part in the Biden-Harris administration’s whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate and nature crises,” said Secretary Haaland.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at a crucial time for America,” said Assistant Secretary Shannon Estenoz. “I look forward to working collaboratively with Secretary Haaland, the Department’s talented public servants, and people from every corner of the country to ensure the conservation of America’s public lands, wildlife, and precious natural resources.”
With 24 years of experience working on issues of conservation, Shannon’s experience will help lead the Department’s efforts to strengthen local economies, tackle the climate crisis, ensure equitable access to the outdoors, and protect and conserve public lands and wildlife.
Prior to joining the administration, Shannon served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Everglades Foundation. Prior to that role, Shannon served as Interior’s Director of Everglades Restoration Initiatives and Executive Director of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Shannon’s career in conservation includes roles with the World Wildlife Fund and the National Parks Conservation Association, and appointments by three Florida Governors including to the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District. Shannon is a fifth generation native of Key West, Florida, and holds degrees in International Affairs and Civil Engineering from Florida State University.