Lynn Scarlett

Lynn Scarlett
  • Discipline: Assistant Secretary of Policy, Management, and Budget
  • Organization: Department of the Interior

Lynn Scarlett is Assistant Secretary of Policy, Management, and Budget at the Department of the Interior. The office of Policy, Management, and Budget discharges the authority of the Secretary of the Interior for all phases of management and administrative activities and serves as the principal policy advisory to the Secretary.

Prior to joining the Bush Administration in July 2001, Ms. Scarlett was President of the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation, a nonprofit current affairs research and communications organization. For 15 years, she directed Reason Public Policy Institute, the policy research division of the Foundation. Her research focused primarily on environmental, land use, and natural resources issues.

Ms. Scarlett is author of numerous publications on incentive-based environmental policies, including, most recently, a chapter in Earth Report 2000 (McGraw-Hill) on "dematerialization." She co-authored a report, Race to the Top: State Environmental Innovations, which examines state environmental programs that utilize incentives, private partnerships, and local leadership in addressing environmental problems.

Ms. Scarlett served on President George W. Bush’s environmental policy task force during his presidential campaign. She was appointed by former Gov. Pete Wilson to chair California’s Inspection and Maintenance Review Committee, a position she held for 6 years. Ms. Scarlett served as an Expert Panelist on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s full-cost accounting and "pay-as-you-throw" projects. She chaired the "How Clean Is Clean" Working Group of the National Environmental Policy Institute from 1993-98 and served at the request of former EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus on the Enterprise for the Environment Task Force, which examined new directions for U.S. environmental policy.

Ms. Scarlett received her B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy. During that time, Ms. Scarlett was a recipient of a Humane Studies Fellowship and a Hayek Grant from the Institute for Humane Studies. Since then she has served as a faculty speaker as numerous IHS seminars, from 1994 to the present.