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Roque Sánchez named Reclamation's deputy commissioner

Media Contact: Sandy Day
For Release: Jun 21, 2024
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WASHINGTONBureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton announces the appointment of Roque Sánchez, as Reclamation's deputy commissioner. In this role, Sánchez oversees Reclamation’s internal and external relations strategies with Congress and the American public to increase awareness and understanding of Reclamation’s mission priorities, policies, and programs.

"I am excited to have Roque start this new role at the Bureau of Reclamation," said Commissioner Touton. "His experience working in energy and climate policy will be an asset to Reclamation as we deal with the impacts a changing climate and a long-term drought in the Western United States."

"I am honored to begin this new role at Reclamation," said Sánchez. "I look forward to working with our customers and stakeholders on advancing Reclamation's mission of delivering water and generating power across the West."

Sánchez was named as senior advisor at the Bureau of Reclamation in October 2022. Prior to joining Reclamation, he served at the White House as policy advisor for the Office of Domestic Climate Policy and startup facilitator for the Office of Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris administration, Roque worked in several roles to advance climate resilience and clean energy, including at High Water Mark, a Native American, woman-owned environmental consulting firm; the Rice University School of Engineering; and President Obama’s White House Office of Energy and Climate Change. 

Sánchez holds degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Rice University and was raised in the Rio Grande valley of New Mexico. 

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