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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science

Austin B. Ewell III joined the Department of the Interior as  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science in October 2017. In this role, he assists the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, who is “responsible for overseeing the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR).”

Austin Ewell is an attorney who has “specialized in land use, water supply and regulatory matters” who has worked “as a regulatory consultant on a variety of projects, including water rights, development entitlements, [and] natural resource mitigation.” Before joining the Department of the Interior, Ewell worked at The Ewell Group of Companies, a real estate firm founded by his father, Ben Ewell, “a prominent Fresno water lawyer.” Austin Ewell was President of the Clarksfield Company, Inc., Point Millerton Ranch, LLC, Lake Millerton Marinas, LLC, and was the Owner and Real Estate Broker of Record for Zenobia Realty Company. Ewell is currently a manager of Ewell Consulting Group LLC, a Fresno-based organization that engages in “land, water and environmental consulting.” Ewell, “a native of California,” has a B.A. from University of Southern California and a J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Sources: [Department of the Interior, Press Release, 10/10/17, Department of the Interior, Press Release, 11/14/17, Austin Ewell, The James Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network, accessed 10/23/17, Ewell Group of Companies, accessed 10/23/17, Lloyd G. Carter, “Former Marcos official involved in California golf course,” UPI, 05/18/89, and Search for Ewell Consulting Group LLC, California Secretary of State Business Search Database, accessed 10/30/17]

Special Interests

Ewell Consulting Group, LLC (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Ewell is a manager of Ewell Consulting Group LLC, a Fresno-based consulting business that that engages in "land, water and environmental consulting."

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  • Potential Conflict of Interest

According to the most recently available documents on the California Secretary of State’s website, Austin Ewell is a manager of Ewell Consulting Group LLC, an organization that engages in “land, water and environmental consulting.”

As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Water and Science, Ewell oversees the Bureau of Reclamation, a water management agency. Potential conflicts of interest could arise between Ewell’s involvement in his company and his government position.

[Search for Ewell Consulting Group LLC, California Secretary of State Business Search Database, accessed 10/30/17, and “About Us,” Bureau of Reclamation, accessed 10/30/17]