Gregory Siekaniec became the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Deputy Director for Policy in July 2011. Siekaniec, a career Service employee, previously served as the Assistant Director for the National Wildlife Refuge System since 2009.
As Deputy Director for Policy, Siekaniec provides strategic program direction and develops policy and guidance to support and promote program development and fulfill the Service mission.
As Assistant Director for the National Wildlife Refuge System, Sieckaniec led efforts to prepare the Refuge System to meet the challenges of the 21st century. He oversaw a months-long process to create a reinvigorated vision to guide the National Wildlife Refuge System for the next decade. Americans submitted more than 10,000 comments on the vision, which was ratified at the Conserving the Future conference in Madison, Wisconsin in July 2011.Just before taking the helm of the Refuge System, Siekaniec spent eight years as the refuge manager of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, one of the Refuge System’s most remote and far flung units. Alaska Maritime Refuge encompasses more than 2,500 islands and nearly five million acres.
Among his many achievements at Alaska Maritime Refuge, Siekaniec is credited with developing a host of restoration partnerships with national conservation organizations to restore island biodiversity and ridding islands of destructive invasive species – foxes and rats – that had nearly eradicated native seabirds and other wildlife. Alaska Maritime Refuge provides nesting habitat for approximately 40 million seabirds, about 80 percent of Alaska's nesting seabird population.
Siekaniec started his career at J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge as a refuge clerk and moved up into management positions in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming in addition to Alaska. He served as deputy chief of the Refuge System before taking over leadership at Alaska Maritime Refuge in 2001.
Siekaniec earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana. He completed the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program in 2008, the same year that he completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Siekaniec and his wife, Janelle, and their two children credit his work with the Fish and Wildlife Service for the opportunities to live a rural subsistence lifestyle and, at other times, be immersed in an urban area with a rapidly growing population. Greg and family continue to relish their time outdoors and are enjoying the recreational opportunities found in the Washington, D.C. area and look forward to returning on occasion to the wilds of Alaska.