Today, July 15, 2009, S. Elizabeth Birnbaum assumed her duties as Director of the MMS. Birnbaum previously served as Staff Director for the Committee on House and Administration and the Department of the Interior's Associate Solicitor for Minerals Resources. From 2001-2007, she was Vice President for Government Affairs and General Counsel for American Rivers, where she directed advocacy programs for the nation’s leading river conservation organization. Birnbaum has been an officer and member of numerous boards and commissions, including the National Capital Section of the American Water Resources Association; Arlington County Environment and Energy Conservation Commission; and the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section of the District of Columbia Bar.