Sylvia V. Baca

Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary

Sylvia Baca has dealt with land, mineral and environmental issues while shuffling between the Department of the Interior and the private sector for fifteen years.

From 1995 to 2001, She served under President Clinton as the deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the Department of Interior.  She ran the Bureau of Land Management for eight months in 1997, and in 2000 she became assistant secretary.

In 2001 she left DOI to work for the oil giant BP America Inc, one of the large energy companies she regulated while at DOI.   Her switch to the corporate world came just as BP was trying to project a more environmentally friendly image.  At BP she was general manager for Social Investment Programs and Strategic Partnerships and had held several other senior management positions with the company.

In 2009 Baca returned to government service at the DOI where she now regulates her previous employer in the oil and gas drilling industry.  She currently has responsibility for parts of the Minerals Management Service, which after the 2010 BP oil spill was renamed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.