Regional Director, Interior Region 9: Columbia-Pacific Northwest
Lorri Gray began serving as the Columbia-Pacific Northwest Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation in January 2012. In this position, she oversees an annual program of more than $385 million that includes operating Bureau of Reclamation's regional water projects for irrigation and power generation, maintaining a rigorous Safety of Dams program, and managing a robust environmental sustainability program. The Pacific Northwest Region comprises Idaho, Washington, most of Oregon, and parts of Montana and Wyoming.
As Regional Director, Ms. Gray also is responsible for providing guidance and direction to the Regional Office in Boise, Idaho; Grand Coulee Power Office in Grand Coulee, Wash.; and area offices located in Yakima, Wash., and Boise, Idaho, with a combined professional workforce of more than 1,200.
Prior to being named Columbia-Pacific Northwest Regional Director, Ms. Gray served as the Lower Colorado Regional Director from 2007 to 2011, where she oversaw all Reclamation operations of the Lower Colorado River and was responsible for projects in southern Nevada, southern California, most of Arizona and small portions of Utah and New Mexico.
Ms. Gray has over 36 years of Federal service with the Bureau of Reclamation. During her tenure, she has served in numerous positions, including Program Manager for the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Program where she was responsible for negotiating and implementing the program on the lower Colorado River. She also served as a Deputy Regional Director for five years and spent two years working in the Commissioner's Office in Washington, D.C.
Additionally, Ms. Gray has received numerous awards during her career, including the Superior Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, and the Distinguished Service Award —the three highest awards from the Department of the Interior's for career employees.
Trained in facilitation and mediation, Ms. Gray plays a key role in collaborating with irrigation districts, States, and Native American Tribes regarding major issues. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Updated: April 2, 2019
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