Anne Castle was confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Water and Science on June 19, 2009. She was nominated by President Obama for the position on March 31, 2009.In this capacity, Castle oversees water and science policy and has responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Before joining Interior, Castle practiced law for 28 years in Denver, Colorado with the Rocky Mountain based law firm of Holland & Hart LLP. She specialized in water issues, including litigation and multi-party negotiations, water related transactions, and advice on water policy and strategy. Her clients spanned a wide spectrum of water users and suppliers, from small and large municipal water and wastewater treatment providers to farmers and ranchers, water and conservation districts, and operators of commercial facilities. She was elected in 2001 to chair the law firm’s management committee and served in that position until 2004. She also chaired the firm’s natural resources law department.
In 2007 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter appointed Castle to the South Platte River Basin Task Force, which examined the water crisis in this northeastern Colorado basin, and its challenges for water users and provided recommendations for legislative changes that continue to be explored. She also was the chair and an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Genesee Water and Sanitation District from 1989 to 2002. Castle was twice appointed to the Colorado Ground Water Commission by former Colorado Governor Roy Romer and served from 1994 to 2002. During her legal career, Castle was continually involved in organizations providing legal representation to those who could not afford to pay. She served on the board of Colorado Legal Services for over 25 years, and was on the board of the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation and the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation for many years.
Castle was listed in Best Lawyers in America for water law in 2007 and 2008. The Women’s Vision Foundation selected Castle for its prestigious Woman of Vision award in 2008, recognizing positive, enlightened leadership and active promotion of the advancement of women within the law firm and in the community. She was also featured in the November 2008 issue of Law Practice magazine in its leadership profile series.
Castle received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics, with honors, from the University of Colorado, College of Engineering, in 1973. Her J.D. in 1981 was also from the University of Colorado where she was Order of the Coif.