David J. Hayes
A national expert on natural resource policy and law, David Hayes served as Deputy Secretary of the Interior in the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Hayes currently is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law at Stanford, where he teaches environmental and energy law and policy courses. Hayes also is a Consulting Professor at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment; a member of the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West; a member of Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s Sustainability Advisory Council; Chair of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (www.uswta.org); and a Board member of the Coalition for Green Capital.
As Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Hayes was second in command and Chief Operating Officer of the 70,000-employee U.S. Department of the Interior. During his tenure as Deputy Secretary in the Obama Administration, Hayes helped facilitate the approval of renewable energy projects on public lands and offshore waters; spearheaded the Department’s first-ever coordinated plan to address the impacts of climate change on the nation’s resources; was the Department lead in settling the $3.2 billion dollar Cobell tribal trust fund litigation; and served as the point person for Secretary Ken Salazar in managing the Department’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, including upgrading and reorganizing the Department’s offshore regulatory activities.
Hayes also helped lead some of the Obama Administration’s – and, before that, the Clinton Administration’s -- most significant land conservation work, including the development of new planning approaches for energy and water development, the establishment of new protected areas, and collaborative approaches conserving wildlife habitat and at-risk landscapes, including in the Alaskan Arctic.
Before and between his service in the Clinton and Obama Administrations, Hayes worked in the private sector as a partner and global chair of the environment for the land and resources department at Latham & Watkins, an international law firm. He also served on the boards of American Rivers and RESOLVE and was a senior fellow at the World Wildlife Fund.
Hayes graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and received his J.D. from Stanford University, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review.