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Kathleen Benedetto

Bureau of Land Management
Senior Adviser
Kathy is a professional geologist with extensive Congressional and legislative experience spanning 23 years with nearly 13 years as professional staff on the Natural Resources Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. While her career has brought her to Washington, D.C., her credentials were forged in the American West. Kathy received her degree in geology from Oregon State University at Corvallis and went on to work in that field as a consulting geologist throughout the Western and Southeastern U.S. As her work brought her into government affairs arena, she became interested in various laws and regulations affecting mineral development and ultimately, how those laws affect access to public lands.

Kathy’s research as a geologist has been published in professional journals and she has been recognized by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, most recently with the John T. Galey Sr. Memorial Public Service Award. She has also received honors from the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Northwest Mining Association (now the American Exploration and Mining Association).

Her role with the House Natural Resources Committee make Kathy a natural fit to serve as Senior Advisor at the BLM, where she has worked since she arrived with President Trump’s transition team in January.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, July 23

9:15am PDT