Jamie Rappaport Clark

  • Jamie Rappaport Clark
    Jamie Rappaport Clark
  • Jamie Rappaport Clark was confirmed as Director of the Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) by the United States Senate on July 31, 1997.

    Prior to being named Director, Clark was the Assistant Director for Ecological Services for the Service, a position she was named to in 1994. As the Assistant Director, she oversaw Service responsibilities for the Endangered Species Act; wetland and upland habitat restoration activities; federal permit coordination and reviews; environmental contaminants; and the nationwide wetlands mapping program. In this capacity, Ms. Clark took the Service lead in developing and implementing national policy in the areas of wetlands, environmental contaminants, and endangered species and has represented the Department in White House and inter-agency working groups.

    During her career with the Service, Ms. Clark also served as the Chief of Endangered Species, where she was responsible for the overall direction and management of the Service's program for threatened and endangered species and as Deputy Assistant Regional Director for the Service's Southwest Regional headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Southwest Region encompasses the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In this position, she was the principal advisor on all aspects of the Endangered Species Act, including policy development and implementation, budget execution, public outreach, and coordination. For two years beginning in 1989, she was the senior staff biologist for the Endangered Species Division of the Service in Washington, D.C., with primary liaison responsibilities for the Pacific Northwest Region.

    Beginning in 1988, Ms. Clark served as the Fish and Wildlife Administrator for the Department of the Army where she was the lead technical authority for fish and wildlife management on Army installations worldwide. From 1984-1988 she held the position of Natural/Cultural Resources Program Manager for the National Guard Bureau. Prior to that, she was a Research Biologist for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for 18 years.

    Ms. Clark received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Towson State University, and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maryland, College Park where her graduate work studies focused on the white-tailed deer. After completing her undergraduate degree in 1979, she worked for two years as a wildlife biologist for the National Institute for Urban Wildlife. She has also completed post-graduate work towards an M.A. in Environmental Planning at Towson State University.

    Ms. Clark is from Clarksville, Maryland and currently resides in Leesburg, Virginia with her husband, Jim Clark and their son Carson.