Mike Celata is the Regional Director for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management New Orleans Regional Office located in New Orleans, LA. In this capacity leads BOEM for all leasing, regulatory oversight, and resource management functions for offshore energy and marine minerals development on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico OCS. He has worked for the Department of Interior for more than 30 years.
Mr. Celata also is a Field Special Assistant (FSA) to the Secretary of the Interior for Interior Region 6, which encompasses Texas and Oklahoma. As FSA, he leads inter-bureau collaborations to increase operational efficiency, develop shared priorities, and facilitate problem resolution within Region 6.
Mr. Celata is a geophysicist. He received a B.A. from Bowdon College in Brunswick, ME and was a research assistant analyzing earthquakes in New England while studying for a M.S. at Boston College. He moved to the New Orleans metropolitan area to work for ExxonMobil before beginning his career with the Department of Interior.