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David J. Hayes
Trustee Emeritus

David J. Hayes is a distinguished visiting lecturer at the Stanford Law School and is serving as a Senior Fellow at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. From 2009 until July 2013, Hayes served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior where he was the Chief Operating Officer and second in command to the Secretary, with line authority over Interior’s 70,000 employees, $12 billion dollar budget, and the Department's ten major bureaus and agencies. President Obama nominated Hayes as Deputy Secretary in February 2009, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him by unanimous vote in May 2009.

During his tenure as Deputy Secretary, Hayes was a key leader in implementing the Administration’s priorities for the Department, including promoting conservation initiatives such as the President's America's Great Outdoors agenda; encouraging renewable energy development on our public lands and offshore resources; developing conventional energy resources safely and responsibly; fulfilling our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives; managing our nation’s water supplies sustainably; and other matters relating to Interior’s mission to conserve our nation’s natural and cultural resources.

Throughout his career, Deputy Secretary Hayes has been involved in developing progressive solutions to environmental and natural resources challenges. Prior to serving as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Hayes was a leader in the President's Transition Team, heading the energy and environmental agency review process, with responsibility for the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. He previously served as the Deputy Secretary and counselor to the Secretary of the Interior from 1997 to 2001 in the Clinton Administration. Hayes worked for many years in the private sector where he chaired the Environment, Land and Resources Department at Latham and Watkins, an international law firm. He is a former chairman of the Board of the Environmental Law Institute; he was a consulting professor at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment; he served as a Senior Fellow for the World Wildlife Fund; and was the Vice-Chair of the Board of American Rivers.

Hayes graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and received his J.D. from Stanford University, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Visitors for Stanford Law School.