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A picture of FS Chief ChristiansenVicki Christiansen

Chief

Vicki Christiansen serves as Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Washington, D.C., after serving as Interim Chief since March 8, 2018. In her 36-year career in natural resource and wildland fire management, she brings a wealth of experiences and skills that demonstrate a commitment to the core values of the Forest Service. This includes conservation, service, interdependence, diversity and safety. She works daily to live up to these values in every facet of her leadership and service. She demonstrates them as she leads a workforce of more than 25,000 permanent employees who steward 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands; support the world’s largest forestry research organization; and work with states, tribes and the public to sustain all forests so they can benefit all citizens, today and in the future.

Prior to serving as Chief, she worked as Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, where she oversaw Fire and Aviation Management, Tribal Relations, Forest Health Protection, Cooperative Forestry, Grey Towers National Historic Site, and Conservation Education.

Vicki joined the Forest Service in 2010 as the Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation Management. She worked extensively on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, bringing her experience as a line officer, land manager, wildland fire fighter, and State Forester to the effort while building strong ties with leaders at the state, regional and national levels. She played a prominent role leading the agency’s Life First initiative to significantly increase the odds of firefighters and other staff returning home safely after assignments. Throughout all her roles, she has been an unwavering voice for creating a safe, inclusive, diverse workforce.

Prior to joining the Forest Service, Vicki served as the Arizona State Forester and Director of the Arizona Division of Forestry, where she was responsible for the protection of 22 million acres of state and private lands in Arizona. Her responsibilities included chairing the Wildland Fire Committee for the National Association of State Foresters.

Vicki previously served as the Washington State Forester, the culmination of a 26-year career with Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). She started as a wildland firefighter in 1980 while still in college and later held positions in operations, managing state trust lands, and regulating forest practices on state and private lands. Her first permanent position was in 1983 as a forester responsible for the reforestation of state trust lands in the Mt. Saint Helens volcanic blast zone.

Vicki has achieved numerous credentials in the wildland fire program with special expertise as a fire-line blasting advisor. She earned a bachelor’s degree in forest management at the University of Washington (1983, cum laude).

A native of Washington State, Vicki is married to a Fire Chief (retired) and has two grown sons.

 

 

A photo of associate chief Dan Jiron

U.S. Forest Service Associate Chief Dan J. Jiron

Dan Jiron

Associate Chief

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 Excelling as a High Performing Agency. 

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, an array of land uses and renewable supplies of wood and energy. This also includes job production, support for rural communities, and tourism-based economies.

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 and a Master’s degree from Regis University of Denver.

 

 

Chief's Office Staff

Name

Title

Phone Number

Vicki Christiansen Chief (202) 205-8439
Lenise Lago Acting Associate Chief (202) 205-1779
Angela Coleman Chief of Staff (202) 205-0998
Cynthia Hale Executive Assistant to the Chief (202) 205-8439
William Low Acting Executive Assistant to the Associate Chief (202) 205-1779
Laurie Campbell Exec. Assistant to the Chief of Staff (202) 205-0998
Bonita Tyler Office Manager (202) 205-4977
Angela Warner Program Specialist (202) 205-1422
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