Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science

Michael Brain

Michael Brain has served as Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation since March 2022. Before joining Reclamation, Michael held a variety of positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, including as Counsel for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment and as a professional staffer for the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Appropriations. In these roles, he developed funding bills that supported national water policy, agriculture and climate resilience across the United States. Michael earned a Doctor of Law degree in urban planning, land use and environmental law from Saint Louis University, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and government from Boston College.