Mike Connor is a partner in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP, where he practices in the areas of energy, environmental, natural resources, and Native American law. Before joining the firm, he worked with the Walton Family Foundation as an Environment Program Fellow. From 2014 to 2017 Mike served in the Obama administration as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he was the second-highest ranking official, with responsibilities as the Chief Operating Officer of an agency with more than 70,000 employees and an annual budget of approximately $13 billion. From 2009 to 2014 he served as the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. Before his time with the Obama administration, Mike served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, from 2001 to 2009. Prior to that, Mike served in the Solicitor’s Office at the Interior Department and as the director of the Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office. A native of New Mexico, Mike received his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico State University.