PORTLAND, Oregon – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has selected Bridget Fahey as the new Deputy Regional Director for the Pacific Region. Fahey’s tenure will begin July 30.
As deputy, Fahey will oversee the day-to-day operations of the region, which spans six times zones and includes almost 1,000 employees. During Fahey’s 25-year career with the Service, she has worked at all levels of the agency – from field biologist to acting Assistant Director of International Affairs – in four regions and across multiple programs. Coming to the Pacific Region from the headquarters office as the Chief of the Division of Conservation and Classification, Fahey’s has extensive experience working on national and regional policies and issues.
“Bridget has a track record of achieving results and improving conservation and regulatory processes in a way that improves outcomes for species, partners and employees,” said Hugh Morrison, regional director for the Service’s Pacific Region. “Her background in biology and expertise in conservation management and policy will make her a tremendous addition to our team in the Pacific Region.”
In addition to Hawaiʻi, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, the region includes the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the islands and waters located within Marianas Trench, Papahānaumokuākea, Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monument. The region also coordinates with partners on conservation projects in many insular areas across the Pacific including the Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Marshall Islands. The region also works closely with 46 federally recognized Native American Tribes to fulfill Tribal trust responsibilities.
“The Pacific Region has a history of working with others to find innovative solutions for conservation challenges,” said Fahey. “We have unparalleled natural resources in the Pacific Region, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. I look forward to supporting our people and partners in their ongoing work for fish, wildlife and plants - and their habitats.”
Fahey has a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University where she majored in biology and anthropology, and a master’s degree in conservation biology from University of Michigan. She is originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information, visit https://www.fws.gov/about/region/pacific and connect with us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and YouTube.