Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Michael Brain is the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. In this role, he oversees the agency’s media relations, internal communications and congressional relations programs to increase awareness and understanding of Reclamation’s mission priorities, policies and programs. Before joining Reclamation, Mr. Brain held a variety of positions supporting the US House of Representatives, including as counsel for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment and as a professional staffer for the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Appropriations. His work in these roles includes developing funding bills that support national water policy, agriculture and climate resilience across the western US. Mr. Brain earned a Doctor of Law in Urban Planning, Land Use, and Environmental Law from Saint Louis University in 2013, and a BS in Political Science and Government from Boston College in 2006.