Deborah Lawler
Deborah LawlerWestFAST Liaison

Federal Liaison Officer to the Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST) and the Western States Water Council (WSWC)

In this Liaison Officer role, Lawler works jointly with the WestFAST and the WSWC to formulate and promote new concepts and practices to improve the development and execution of Federal and State water policies and programs; and facilitates and coordinates Federal interagency and Federal-State collaborative work for carrying forward joint initiatives to better preserve and manage water in the West.

Lawler has 36 years of Federal experience. Her Federal career has provided her the opportunity to work in a variety of positions, including Department of the Interior assignments in Washington, DC, and Utah, where she was involved in major water resources activities including in the areas of legislation, policy, construction, planning, operation and maintenance, administration, and program coordination.  Lawler most recently served as Special Assistant to Reclamation’s Deputy Commissioner for Operations, and before that served as the Bureau of Reclamation’s Liaison to the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science. She has also held assignments as Special Assistant to the Upper Colorado Regional Director; and as the Upper Colorado Regional Planning Officer.

Lawler is a graduate of Reclamation’s Executive Leadership Development Program, and is the recipient of a Superior Service Award, one of the Department of the Interior’s highest honors for career employees, for her work on Project Management implementation in Reclamation.  Lawler holds a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Project Management from New England College, a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from the University of Utah, and an Associate ’s degree in Paralegal Studies from the Salt Lake Community College. After growing up on and near military bases around the country and in England, she considers Utah her home.