Mike Celata, BOEM Gulf of Mexico Region Director, leads all leasing, regulatory oversight, and resource management functions for offshore energy and marine minerals development on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico OCS and for oil and gas and G&G permitting activities on the U.S. Atlantic OCS. He has worked for the Department of Interior for 29 years. During tenure, he has played key leadership roles in advancing geological and geophysical survey activity along the Atlantic coast, developing and implementing worst case discharge reviews, implementing financial risk operations, and developing the geological interpretive tools system. He holds a B.A. in geology and physics from Bowdoin College and attended the Boston College Master of Science Program, where he was a seismological research assistant.