WMC Officers - Board of Directors

Debra W. Struhsacker
Environmental Permitting & Government Relations Consultant

Debra Struhsacker is a Reno, Nevada-based independent Environmental Permitting & Government Relations Consultant. With over 25 years of experience working on mineral development and environmental issues, she provides mining industry clients with customized, executive-level advice on environmental permitting strategies, government relations, and stakeholder involvement issues.

Ms. Struhsacker started out her career as a geologist specializing in geothermal resource development and precious metals exploration. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College where she majored in both geology and French.  She also has a Master of Science degree in geology from the University of Montana.

Ms. Struhsacker’s publication list reflects her breadth of experience and includes papers on the geology and resource potential of geothermal and precious metals systems, the regulatory and environmental permitting requirements for mining projects, and environmental policy issues affecting the mining industry. Examples of recent mining and environmental public policy topics include testimony before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on historical abandoned mines and the state and federal environmental regulatory framework applicable to modern mines (March 2008), a critique of the environmental title in House bills to amend the U.S. Mining Law, and the evolution of federal and Nevada State reclamation bonding requirements for hardrock mineral exploration and mining projects.

She is one of the founders of the Women’s Mining Coalition, a member of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America, a Certified Professional Geologist, and a Nevada Certified Environmental Manager. She is a trustee of the Northwest Mining Association, an Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.