Nicole LeBoeuf has over 20 years of scientific and program management experience, with emphasis on the connections between science and policy. Currently, she is the Acting Assistant Administrator at NOAA’s National Ocean Service. The National Ocean Service (NOS) is the nation’s most comprehensive ocean and coastal agency. Its mission is to provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic, environmental and social pressures on our oceans and coasts. The agency observes, measures, assesses, and manages the nation’s coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes areas; provides critical navigation products and services; and conducts response and restoration activities to protect vital coastal resources.
As Acting Assistant Administrator, Ms. LeBoeuf provides strategic vision for NOS. She leads the implementation of activities that support NOS's priorities of safe and efficient transportation and commerce; preparedness and risk reduction; and stewardship, tourism and recreation. She serves as the focal point for conveying the value of NOS products and services within NOAA and to the Department of Commerce, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress. Ms. LeBoeuf actively establishes and grows partnerships with other federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and industry.
Previously, Ms. LeBoeuf served as the NOS Deputy Assistant Administrator. In this role, she oversaw the financial, administrative, and performance activities of an agency that includes more than 1,700 staff located across more than 50 places around the country.
Prior to joining NOS, Ms. LeBoeuf served as Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Protected Resources in NOAA Fisheries, where she maintained oversight of a diverse protected species conservation and management portfolio. Before that, she spent four years as the Chief of the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division in the Office of Protected Resources. Her work included oversight of budget formulation and execution, personnel, public process, policy analysis, and synthesis and application of scientific information in the service of implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. Ms. LeBoeuf also served one year as the Acting Deputy Director for the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in NOS. There, she managed day-to-day financial and personnel operations that included five laboratories and a wide portfolio of intramural and extramural research activities. In addition, she has served in NOAA Headquarters, both in the NOAA Budget Office and as NOAA’s finance lead during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Before completing NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program in 2009, Ms. LeBoeuf worked in NOAA Fisheries’ Office of International Affairs as NOAA’s Lead for the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Prior to that, she was the Special Assistant to NOAA Fisheries Science Director, during which time she represented NOAA at the U.N. General Assembly and the World Conservation Union regarding the protection of deep sea corals.
Ms. LeBoeuf holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in sustainable development and conservation biology from the University of Maryland. She lives with her husband, stepchildren, and hound dog in Kensington, Maryland.