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Pat Montanio Returns to NOAA Fisheries to Lead the Habitat Office; Selberg Selected as Habitat Deputy

Pat Montanio returns to NOAA Fisheries in September to once again lead the Office of Habitat Conservation.

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"We are very fortunate to have Pat accept her new position at Fisheries. She will bring a wealth of knowledge and executive experience to the position. We look forward to having her back at fisheries so we can take our habitat conservation efforts to the next level. She and Carrie will make an amazing team.”
--Eileen Sobeck, NOAA’s Assistant Administrator for Fisheries

NOAA's Office of Habitat Conservation
 



Carrie Selberg is selected as Deputy Director for the Habitat Office.

August 26, 2015

With 30 years’ of experience in NOAA, Pat Montanio will return to NOAA Fisheries in September to once again lead the Office of Habitat Conservation. Pat succeeds Buck Sutter, who is leaving NOAA after 22 years to take the position of Deputy Executive Director/Program Director with the Restore Council. It was also announced this week that Fisheries’ current Chief of Staff, Carrie Selberg, has been selected as the new deputy in the Office of Habitat Conservation.

“We wish Buck all the best in his new role at the Restore Council. He has had an amazing career at NOAA and will be a huge asset to the Council and to the restoration of the Gulf,“ said Eileen Sobeck, NOAA’s Assistant Administrator for Fisheries.

And we are very fortunate to have Pat accept her new position at Fisheries. She will bring a wealth of knowledge and executive experience to the position. We look forward to having her back at fisheries so we can take our habitat conservation efforts to the next level. She and Carrie will make an amazing team.”

Since 2012, Pat has been the Director of the NOAA’s Office of Program Planning and Integration where she led efforts to foster integration and strategic management among the Line Offices, Staff Offices, and strategic councils. She and her team supported broad participation and collaboration in agency planning activities, helped build performance management systems based on the goals and outcomes set in NOAA’s strategic plan, and supported NOAA decisions through the development, application and evaluation of strategy, environmental policy, and social science.

 “I relish my return to Fisheries, especially to the Habitat Office,” she said. “Healthy habitat is the life’s blood of our nation’s fisheries and the support system for our protected species. I look forward to once again digging in and applying the insight I gained from working across NOAA to ensure that NOAA is doing everything we can to conserve habitats that sustain resilient and thriving marine and coastal resources and communities.”

Previously, Pat served as Deputy Director of the Office of Response and Restoration. She advanced the protection and restoration of coastal resources by developing improved strategies and partnerships; provided scientific guidance to federal, state, and local agencies on oil and chemical spills and waste site clean-up decisions; and promoted the restoration of natural resources affected by hazardous materials.

Prior to that, Pat was the Deputy Director of the Fisheries Office of Protected Resources. There she directed programs for the conservation of marine mammals, endangered and threatened species, and other species of concern.

Selberg Selected as Deputy Director for Habitat

After over a decade at NOAA in various leadership positions, Carrie is making the transition to a program office when she joins the Habitat Office as the new deputy director.

“I am extremely excited since this will be a whole new challenge for me,” said Selberg. “In some ways, I feel like I’m ‘returning home’ to my roots since one of my early jobs in natural resource management was as the Habitat Coordinator for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.”

As Fisheries’ Chief of Staff since March 2013, Carrie serves as a principal advisor to NOAA Fisheries leadership and coordinates decision-making on natural resource management issues that cross science, regulatory, and operational lines.

Previously, she was focused on the Fisheries Regulatory Program. In that role she supervised a team that supported senior management nationwide on habitat conservation, protected resources, and sustainable fisheries. She also managed the agency’s regulatory schedule so that critical deadlines were met and developed and analyzed policy statements and legislation.

She also completed several rotational assignments in the agency, including as Acting Director and, subsequently, as Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainable Fisheries at headquarters. She also served as the acting Deputy Regional Administrator for the former Northwest Regional Office, now the West Coast Region. She first joined NOAA in 2005 as a legislative specialist following five-years at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. 

Carrie participated in NOAA’s prestigious Leadership Development Competencies Program in 2008-2009. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College and a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University. She currently lives in DC where she enjoys adventures with her beloved yellow lab.