Hugh Morrison has been selected to be the assistant regional director for Budget and Administration in the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Regional Director Robyn Thorson announced this week.
In his new position, Morrison will lead the daily operation of a program that encompasses support functions for the Pacific Region, headquartered in Portland, Ore., and the Pacific Southwest Region, headquartered in Sacramento, Calif. The support functions include Human Resources, Budget and Finance, Information Technology, Safety, Engineering and Water Resources, Diversity and Civil Rights, Contracting and General Services. These offices employ about 150 employees. He started his new job June 13.
"Hugh brings outstanding business acumen to our work in wildlife conservation," Thorson said. "We feel fortunate to have the benefit of his skills along with his dedication to natural resource management."
For the past two years, Morrison was the Assistant Regional Director for Budget and Administration in the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region, headquartered in Denver. Before that he worked in the Pacific Region as Chief of the Budget and Finance Division for eight years. He began working in the Pacific Region in 1998 as a Budget Formulation Analyst supporting the Fisheries Program and the Columbia Basin Ecoregion.
Morrison started his career with the Service in 1997 as a Presidential Management intern, working in the Headquarters Division of Budget in Washington, D.C.
Growing up in Oregon, Morrison developed his passion for wildlife and wild places poking around in the tide pools of the Oregon coast and tromping through the forests of the Coast Range and the Cascades. He obtained undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science at the University of Washington and a Masters of Public Administration with a focus on Environmental and Natural Resource Management, also at the U of W.