Jason Buckner

Jason Buckner



Trusted Democratic advisor and advocate on issues before the Department of the Interior. Former political appointee in the administration of President Barack Obama. Effective communicator who excels at telling the stories of natural resources companies in Washington, D.C.

Jason Buckner combines his senior-level service at the Department of the Interior under former President Barack Obama and in Congress with private sector experience at the executive level to navigate an ever-shifting federal landscape for natural resources companies.

From mining to renewable energy issues, Jason understands the messages that resonate best with Democratic policymakers and develops compelling business narratives to align private-public interests. He offers unrivaled insight into agencies’ oftentimes complex chains of command and knows which decision-makers have influence on legislative, regulatory and permitting outcomes, including the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy (NEPA). Jason’s relationships with these individuals span the gamut from career officials and political appointees in the Biden administration to members and staff on the House Natural Resources Committee and Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Prior to joining Brownstein, Jason served as the head of corporate affairs for the world’s largest mining company. Before his time in the private sector, Jason was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve at the Department of the Interior as principal deputy director and then as director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs. Jason began his career in public service in Congress, where he served chief of staff, legislative director, and military legislative assistant to Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK).

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  • J.D., 2003, Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • B.A., 2000, University of Maryland, College Park


  • Maryland