Kim Thorsen

Kim’s 30+ year career began in 1981 with the U.S. Forest Service as a volunteer wilderness ranger and continued with seasonal positions in public information, fire prevention, and law enforcement.  She was hired permanently as a criminal investigator and conducted investigations of timber theft, arson, illegal marijuana cultivation, archeological resource protection violations, and a variety of other resource investigations.  She moved to Washington D.C. where she managed program-wide issues, developed policy, and liaised with external law enforcement organizations.  She ultimately became the Deputy Director for the Forest Service’s Law Enforcement and Investigations program.

In 2003, she accepted a position with the Department of the Interior, Office of Law Enforcement and Security.  She was responsible for developing policy, managing Department-wide cross-cutting issues, assisting bureaus in developing programs, and supporting the Office of the Secretary. Beginning in 2006, she attained positions that broadened her portfolio to include budgeting, homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, international border coordination, wildland fire, and aviation.  She retired in December 2015 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary – Public Safety, Resource Protection, and Emergency Services.

She attended Humboldt State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry with an emphasis in Natural Resource Management and a minor degree in Criminal Justice.  Ms. Thorsen is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security – Executive Leadership Program and the Harvard JFK School of Government – Senior Executive Fellows Program.

Kim has extensive knowledge of the Department of the Interior and deep connections within the bureaus.  She resides in North Carolina.