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A picture of FS Chief ChristiansenVicki Christiansen

Interim Chief

Vicki Christiansen is the interim Chief at the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Washington, DC. Prior to that she was Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry where she had oversight of Fire and Aviation Management, Tribal Relations, Forest Health Protection, Cooperative Forestry, Grey Towers and Conservation Education. She joined the Forest Service in 2010 as the Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation Management. Vicki has 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.

Prior to joining the Forest Service she served as the Arizona State Forester and Director of the Arizona Division of Forestry. She was responsible for the protection of 22 million acres of state and private lands in Arizona, including wildland fire management. As State Forester, Vicki represented Arizona at the national and state level on forest health and wildland fire issues. She was Chair of the Wildland Fire Committee for the National Association of State Foresters.

Vicki also served as the Washington State Forester where she had a 26 year career with Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). She started as a wildland fire fighter while still in college and held many different positions at Washington DNR with a strong emphasis in operations, managing state trust lands and regulating forest practices on state and private lands in Washington State. Her first permanent position was as a forester responsible for the reforestation of state trust lands in the Mt. Saint Helens blast zone. Vicki has been a wildland fire fighter and fire manager for 36 years. She has numerous credentials in the wildland fire program with a special expertise as a fire line-blasting advisor. Vicki has a B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Washington (1983, cum laude). She is married to a Fire Chief (retired) and has two grown sons.

 

 

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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 Interim 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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