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Thomas L. Tidwell

Chief

A photo of U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell

Tom Tidwell has spent 38 years in the Forest Service. He has served in a variety of positions at all levels of the agency, including as district ranger, forest supervisor, and legislative affairs specialist in the Washington Office. As deputy regional forester for the Pacific Southwest Region, Tom facilitated collaborative approaches to wildland fire management, roadless area management, and other issues. As regional forester for the Northern Region, Tom strongly supported community-based collaboration in the region, finding solutions based on mutual goals and thereby reducing the number of appeals and lawsuits.

In 2009, after being named Chief, Tom set about implementing the Secretary’s vision for America’s forests. Under his leadership, the Forest Service is restoring healthy, resilient forest and grassland ecosystems—ecosystems that can sustain all the benefits that Americans get from their wildlands, including plentiful supplies of clean water, abundant habitat for wildlife and fish, renewable supplies of wood and energy, and more.

Such benefits are at risk from the effects of climate change, and Tom has led the way in forging a national response. Under Tom’s leadership, the Forest Service has charted a national roadmap for addressing climate change through adaptation and mitigation. The Forest Service is taking steps to help ecosystems adapt to the effects of a changing climate while also taking action to mitigate climate change, partly by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Tom has facilitated an all-lands approach to addressing the challenges facing America’s forests and grasslands, including the overarching challenge of climate change. Such challenges cross borders and boundaries; no single entity can meet them alone. Under Tom’s leadership, the Forest Service is working with states, Tribes, private landowners, and other partners for landscape-scale conservation—to restore ecosystems on a landscape scale.

Tom is married to Kim, and they have one daughter, MacKenzie.

 

Daniel J Jiron

Associate Chief

Portrait of Daniel J. Jiron, Associate Chief of the Forest Service

With more than 29 years of contributions to public service and natural resources management, Dan Jiron was appointed Associate Chief of the Forest Service July 2016.  Dan serves as the direct senior executive support to the Chief of the Forest Service. This leadership role includes advancing strategic goals of the agency: Sustaining the Nation’s Forests and Grasslands; Delivering Benefits to the Public; Applying Scientific-Based Knowledge Globally; and Exceling as a High Performing Agency. In addition, he plays a lead role for the agency in meeting the Secretary of Agriculture’s “All Lands Approach” to forest management, as well as efforts to culturally transform the organization.

 

In his role of providing direct executive support to the Chief, Dan assists in overseeing the delivery and achievement of the agency’s mission, stewarding 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands, leading a workforce of 28,000 permanent employees and serving the American public. Further, Dan has demonstrated an exceptional ability to forge strong relationships with partners and communities to sustain and restore the nation’s healthy, resilient forests and grasslands ecosystems—ecosystems that can sustain all the benefits that Americans get from their wildlands, including plentiful supplies of clean water, abundant habitat for wildlife and fish, renewable supplies of wood and energy, and more.
 

Prior to this appointment, Dan served in myriad of leadership positions including Regional Forester of the Rocky Mountain Region; Deputy Regional Forester in the Pacific Southwest Region; Forest Supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest; District Ranger on the Salt Lake Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest; District Ranger on the South Park Ranger District of the Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Comanche and Cimarron National Grasslands; Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs of the Intermountain Region, National Press Officer in Washington, DC and aide to United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado.

Dan earned a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master’s degree from Regis University of Denver

 

Chief's Office Staff

Name

Title

Phone Number

Tom Tidwell Chief (202) 205-8439
Dan Jiron Associate Chief (202) 205-1779
Angela Coleman Chief of Staff (202) 205-0998
Tina Bailey Executive Assistant to the Chief (202) 205-8439
Diana Kent Executive Assistant to the Associate Chief (202) 205-1779
Laurie Campbell Exec. Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Acting (202) 205-0998
Bonita Tyler Office Manager (202) 205-4977
Angela Warner Program Specialist (202) 205-1422
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