Department of the Interior
Council Member: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Council Designee: Betsy Hildebrandt, Director of Communications, Department of Interior
Betsy Hildebrandt is the Director of Communications at the Department of Interior. She has more than twenty years of communications experience in the public and private sector. Most recently Ms. Hildebrandt served as Senior Manager for Technology Marketing and Communication at Accenture, where she has been the marketing lead for a multimillion-dollar business line. She spent 10 years at Fannie Mae in public affairs and marketing. Ms. Hildebrandt also worked as a Senior Account Executive at Greer, Margolis Mitchell Burns, as a producer at Fenn and King Communications, and as a legislative assistant to Rep. Les AuCoin (D-Ore.).
She has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and has completed coursework at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Council Designee: Melissa Koenigsberg, Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of Interior
Melissa Koenigsberg is the Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of Interior. She has over twelve years of legislative and political experience at the federal and state level. Most recently Ms. Koenigsberg served as the Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director of the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee.
Previously she has worked as Finance Director for Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Legislative Assistant for Senator Salazar. Ms. Koenigsberg also served as Finance Director for Sen. Salazar and as southeast regional Finance Director for Sen. John Edwards' 2004 presidential bid.
She has a B.A. from University of Michigan.
Council Designee: Kat Pustay, Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary David Hayes, Department of Interior
Kat Pustay is the Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes, focusing on a diverse portfolio of land use issues, including oil and gas and mining policy. Ms. Pustay served on the board of Alaska Conservation Voters, where she promoted efforts to support sustainable, bipartisan programs and elect conservation-minded leaders. Before joining the Administration, she served as Alaska State Director for Obama for America and liaison to Congress for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Ms. Pustay graduated from Yale University, where she was elected president of Morse College and her class’s delegate to the Association of Yale Alumni. After graduation, she relocated to Anchorage, Alaska to advance political, legislative, and environmental initiatives through work in the Alaska State Legislature and political campaigns.