Noreen Walsh, Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
As Regional Director, Noreen Walsh oversees Fish and Wildlife Service activities for all eight states in the Mountain-Prairie. She leads more than one thousand employees across the region, from the regional office in Lakewood, Colorado to the Bozeman Fish Technology Center in Montana to the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas.
Her responsibilities ranged from overseeing the streamlining of business processes, to furthering a culture of strategic habitat conservation, to planning for the future workforce needs of the agency. She leads the Service’s role in a west-wide conservation initiative focused on greater sage-grouse and its sagebrush habitat, and has supported the “working landscape” conservation model under the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.
Before becoming Deputy Regional Director, Walsh served in three other regions of the Service, as well as in the Headquarters office. Immediately prior to her time as Deputy Regional Director, she served as the Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the agency’s Southeast Region headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Walsh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. She and her husband Mark Willms reside in the Denver area with their two daughters, Claire and Leah.