Johnson, Luke D.

With extensive policy experience in both the executive branch and Congress, Luke Johnson provides sophisticated analysis and strategy in achieving key regulatory and legislative objectives of his energy, natural resource and environmental clients. Luke serves as co-chair of the firm’s Energy Environment and Resource Strategies Group, where he utilizes his background as a former senior executive with the Bureau of Land Management, senior trade association leader, and senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.

Luke is a former deputy director of policy and programs at the BLM within the Department of the Interior. He previously served as the chief of staff to the BLM Director and the chief of congressional and legislative affairs for the Bureau of Reclamation. During his tenure at BLM, Luke played an instrumental role in the implementation of numerous provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including oil and natural gas permit streamlining. He also provided executive management and oversight in the formulation and revision of numerous policies relating to traditional and renewable forms of energy as well as resource management plans and  programmatic agreements between federal and state agencies, NEPA reviews, rights of way and transmission corridors. He oversaw the agency’s congressional and public affairs efforts and served as a witness representing the administration in testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee.

Luke previously served as a senior policy advisor to former Senator Robert F. Bennett (R-UT), where he handled comprehensive energy and environmental issues, including in his role as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. During his time in the Senate, Luke oversaw the successful passage of numerous public land bills, including a successful effort to authorize and appropriate funds for a multi-state endangered species recovery program. Prior to this work in the Senate, Luke served as legislative assistant for then Rep. James V. Hansen (R-UT) and as professional staff on the House Natural Resources Committee, where he was the primary staff member for 19 bills that became public law.

In addition to his tenure in government, Luke also served as vice president of policy and government affairs for the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), a national offshore energy trade association. There he led NOIA’s efforts in developing and implementing the organization's policy and political affairs engagement strategies. In addition to maintaining key relationships at the federal, state and local levels, he also worked with like-minded organizations to build coalitions in support of the association’s objectives. 

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  • Brownstein is working alongside one of the largest federal water contractors in the United States to ensure that its members have a long-term dependable supply of water to meet project purposes.

  • Given its significant experience related to the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, Brownstein was selected to provide strategic direction to a major national nonprofit foundation regarding the proposed determination of whether the African lion is an endangered species as defined by the Endangered Species Act.

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    • B.S., 1999, Utah State University
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