In October of 2008, Geoffrey Haskett assumed his duties as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Alaska Regional Director. Haskett brings a wide range of experience to the job; experience gained both within the Service and without, and both in Alaska and elsewhere in the United States. In his last position, he served in Washington, D.C. as the Assistant Director for the National Wildlife Refuge System. He came to that position from the Service’s Southwest Region, where he was Deputy Regional Director since 1997.
Haskett served as the Assistant Regional Director for Refuges and Wildlife in the Southeast Region from 1994 to 1997. In this capacity, he was responsible for the National Wildlife Refuge System in the 10 Southeastern states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, and also served as Geographic Assistant Regional Director for the Region's Southeastern ecosystems.
Before that, Haskett served in the Service's Washington Office from 1988 to 1994, originally as Branch Chief of Operations for the Division of Realty, and ultimately serving for 3 years as the Chief of Realty for the Service, and Secretary to the Department of the Interior's Migratory Bird Commission.
From 1985 to 1988, Haskett worked for the National Park Service in Alaska as a Supervisory Realty Officer, where he served as Deputy for the Alaska Lands Program. From 1980 to 1984, he was responsible for the Bureau of Land Management's Realty Program for 3.5 million acres of public land in the Burns District, high desert country of Oregon. He started work with the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1979 in the Portland Regional Office.
Geoff Haskett currently serves as the Polar Bear Commissioner for the U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission, and considers the work of that organization to be a landmark in cooperative wildlife management between governmental and Native representatives of the U.S. and Russia.
Geoffrey Haskett holds a master's degree in public administration (1980), is a graduate of BLM's Oregon/Washington Management Development Program (1985), completed the Federal Executive Institute's Leadership for a Democratic Society (1993), completed the Center for Creative Leadership Development Program (1997), and attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executive Fellows in 2001. Mr. Haskett was also the recipient of the Secretary of the Interior's Meritorious Service Honor Award in 2003.
Last updated: July 15, 2013