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Expertise: Public lands, energy and environmental policy

Matt Lee-Ashley is a senior fellow and the senior director of Environmental Strategy and Communications at American Progress. Previously, he was the organization’s director of Public Lands.

Prior to joining American Progress, Lee-Ashley served as deputy chief of staff at the Department of the Interior, overseeing policy, external, communications, and legislative matters on behalf of Secretary Ken Salazar. In 2010 Lee-Ashley was named the Interior Department’s communications director during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, leading the department’s communications response to the crisis and helping undertake the aggressive offshore oil and gas reform agenda of the Obama administration. Lee-Ashley also led an update to the department’s communications policy to provide the first-ever protections of scientific integrity, helped formulate and implement the administration’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, and advised Secretary Salazar on a wide range of land management and energy issues.

From 2005 to 2008 Lee-Ashley worked in the U.S. Senate for then-Sen. Salazar (D-CO), handling military, veterans affairs, and energy and environment policy. In 2008 Lee-Ashley was promoted to serve as the senator’s communications director and chief speechwriter.

A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lee-Ashley graduated summa cum laude from Pomona College in Claremont, California, in 2004.

By Matt Lee-Ashley
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The Dog-Whistle Politics of Seizing and Selling American Lands and Energy Resources in the WestCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 27, 2015
The Members of Congress and Congressional Hopefuls Who Want to Sell or Seize Public Lands in Your StateCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 3, 2014
4 Candidates Who Just Won Their Party’s Nomination for Competitive November Elections and Want to Sell or Seize Public LandsCenter for American Progress ActionJune 19, 2014
The 15 Members of Congress Who Share Cliven Bundy’s Desire to Seize or Sell Off America’s Public LandsCenter for American Progress ActionMay 22, 2014
The Politicians and Pundits Who Share Cliven Bundy’s Radical Anti-Government Views and Want to Seize Federal LandsCenter for American Progress ActionMay 9, 2014