President Biden Announces Key Nomination


Martha Williams, Nominee for Director of Fish and Wildlife Services at the Department of Interior
Williams is currently serving as the Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Preceding her appointment, Williams served as the Director of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks from 2017 to 2020. There, she delivered leadership that embraced the diversity of Montana’s natural resources and outdoor recreational values that also incorporated public expectations and values into the agency’s direction. Previously, Williams was an Assistant Professor of Law at the Blewett School of Law at the University of Montana and co-directed the university’s Land Use and Natural Resources Clinic. William’s appointment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a return to the Department of the Interior, where she served earlier in her career as Deputy Solicitor Parks and Wildlife, providing counsel to the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Growing up on a farm in Maryland, Martha Williams gained an appreciation for open lands, waters, wildlife, and community. This passion led her to the wild places of the West and a career spent fostering a love of the outdoors and stewarding the protection of natural resources. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Montana School of Law. Williams is a hunter, angler, birdwatcher and overall outdoor enthusiast.


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