Beaudreau, 40, is the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which was established in 2011 during the Interior Department's reorganization in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Although he was born in Colorado, Beaudreau grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, where his father worked for an oil exploration company. Beaudreau was a junior in high school in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred off the Alaskan coast. "I saw firsthand what can happen when oil and gas activity goes wrong," Beaudreau said. After graduating from Yale University and Georgetown Law School, he spent most of his professional career working for the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson, where alongside Michael Bromwich, he helped companies and organizations conduct internal investigations in response to crises. When then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar brought in Bromwich to oversee the department's changes in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Bromwich persuaded his law partner to move with him. Beaudreau initially served as a senior adviser to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, which was eventually divided into two separate entities: BOEM and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Salazar named Beaudreau as the first director of BOEM in September 2011. Under Beaudreau's leadership, BOEM oversees the supervision of the country's offshore oil and gas resources. In January, he added the title of acting assistant secretary for land and minerals management, expanding his oversight of resource development to include onshore public lands.