Brian is the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations at NOAA Fisheries, responsible for the agency’s strategy and performance, budget and finance, policy and communications, IT and facilities, and human resources. In this role, he also oversees Fisheries’ Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, and the Office of Law Enforcement.
He has held several leadership positions within the agency. Over the last 20 years he has served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Director and Deputy Director for the Office of Habitat Conservation, Chief of the NOAA Fisheries Budget Formulation and Planning Division, as the Fisheries' Policy Coordination Office Liaison, and as a Marine Habitat Resource Specialist. Mr. Pawlak began his NOAA career in 1990 as a field biologist conducting habitat mapping at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Mr. Pawlak holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and two Master's Degrees from University of Washington, one in Marine Policy and one in Business Administration.