Deputy Commissioner Michael Brain Deputy Commissioner Michael Brain
Michael Brain
Deputy Commissioner

Michael Brain is the deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. In this role, he oversees the Reclamation’s media relations, internal communications and congressional relations programs to increase awareness and understanding of Reclamation’s mission priorities, policies and programs.

Before joining Reclamation, he held various positions supporting the U.S. House of Representatives, including counsel for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment and as a professional staffer for the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Appropriations. His work in these roles included developing funding bills that support national water policy, agriculture and climate resilience across the United States. He also drafted and implemented annual funding legislation for the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers.

He earned a Doctor of Law in Urban Planning, Land Use, and Environmental Law from Saint Louis University in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from Boston College in 2006. 


Updated: 11/23/2022
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