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Permitting Council Leadership

The Permitting Council consists of Deputy-Secretary level officials from 13 Federal agencies, the Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Management and Budget, and is currently chaired by Executive Director Christine Harada.


Advisory Council on Historic Preservation:

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Jordan E. Tannenbaum, an ACHP staff member from 1972-82, has been Chief Development Officer of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum since 2004. He is responsible for overseeing all of the museum's fundraising activities, including the annual fund, membership, planned giving, and corporate and foundation relations. From 1999-2004, Tannenbaum was Vice President for Development for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life in Washington, D.C. A lawyer by training, he has also held senior fundraising positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, B'nai B'rith International, and Brandeis University. Tannenbaum served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1983-2010. He was awarded the Army's Legion of Merit medal for his contributions to the Department of the Army's compliance with the NHPA. Tannenbaum is a member of the Fairfax County History Commission and the Advisory Board of the Army Historical Foundation. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and American University's Washington College of Law.


Council on Environmental Quality:

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Brenda Mallory was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 14, 2021 and sworn in as the 12th Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). She is the first African American to serve in this position. As Chair, she advises the President on environmental and natural resources policies that improve, preserve, and protect public health and the environment for America’s communities. She is focused particularly on addressing the environmental justice and climate change challenges the nation faces while advancing opportunities for job growth and economic development.

Chair Mallory grew up the oldest of four children in a working-class community in Waterbury, Connecticut. Raised in a family of dedicated community and public servants, she learned the importance of hard work, service, and perseverance. She saw the impacts on her community and the larger city when the industrial base of the “Brass City,” as Waterbury was known, abandoned the area, leaving deep physical and economic scars behind. Her personal experience fuels her commitment to making America’s environmental laws work for all people and ensuring that no community is left behind as the nation pursues a clean energy future.

Chair Mallory earned a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school for high school that changed the course of her life. She became the first in her family to attend college, graduating from Yale College with a double major in history and sociology and then from Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She began her environmental law career in private practice, where much of her work involved helping local governments secure federal environmental approvals for economic development projects. She eventually chaired the law firm’s Natural Resources Practice Group. Through this work, she gained valuable experience in the application of the National Environmental Policy Act, the bedrock statute that created CEQ in 1969 and which the agency administers. In 2000, she joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, commencing an almost 20-year career in Federal service.

Chair Mallory served in a number of senior roles throughout her federal career at EPA and CEQ. She was involved in major Clean Water Act jurisdictional actions, including signature Supreme Court cases and the development of the 2015 Clean Water Rule. She served as EPA’s representative on a White House Task Force on Energy Project Streamlining with a focus on Clean Water Act permitting. She led EPA’s Pesticide and Toxic Substances Law Office as the agency tackled lead in renovations, lead and mercury in products, and early efforts to reform the Toxics Substances Control Act and address PFAS contamination. She also worked closely with agency officials on significant emergency response efforts, including those in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Hurricane Katrina, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

As the ranking career official in EPA’s Office of General Counsel (OGC), Chair Mallory served as the chief operating officer for OGC and led operational efforts focused on Environmental Justice and diversity initiatives. She supported the development of OGC’s EJ Legal Tools report, which outlines opportunities within EPA’s legal authorities for advancing environmental protection of low-income and communities of color. She helped reform the EPA Office of Civil Rights to enable more effective processing of Title VI complaints. In addition, she guided the legal teams working on implementation of initiatives designed to integrate environmental justice considerations into EPA permitting and rule writing.

In Chair Mallory’s first stint at CEQ as the General Counsel, she helped shepherd many of President Obama’s signature environmental and natural resource policy successes to completion. She worked on the development of significant climate and environmental rules and policies, including the 2016 NEPA GHG guidance, which instructed federal agencies on how to effectively consider climate change impacts in decision-making; the Lautenberg TSCA Reform Bill, which gave EPA the tools to ensure the safety of chemicals and strengthen health protections for American families; the Clean Water Rule, which protected streams and wetlands from harmful pollution; and the designation of national monuments and other protected areas.

After serving as General Counsel, Chair Mallory spent four years working in the environmental advocacy community, most recently as the Director of Regulatory Policy at the Southern Environmental Law Center and prior to that as the Executive Director and Senior Counsel for the Conservation Litigation Project, a project supporting the protection of environmental and conservation values on public lands.

Now having returned to CEQ, Chair Mallory is looking to reinvigorate CEQ’s important environmental policy role in service of President Biden’s agenda. She is committed to working with all stakeholders to advance efficient permitting approaches that engage affected communities and that help avoid, minimize, or mitigate the environmental impacts of decisions. Chair Mallory will see that CEQ’s expertise is applied to the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to helping communities prepare for the increased flooding, more frequent hurricanes and wildfires, and other impacts of climate change that are already occurring. She will work to protect our nation’s natural treasures, and she will ensure that the voices of low-income and people of color are heard as we tackle the environmental and public health crises our nation faces.

Chair Mallory and her husband Mark live in Rockville, MD. They have three adult children. The family enjoys visiting the parks and other natural treasures that reflect the environmental values she has worked to protect.


Department of Agriculture:



Dr. Jewel H. Bronaugh was appointed the 16th Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 2018 by Governor Ralph Northam. She previously served as the Virginia State Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe and then-U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, in July 2015. Prior to her FSA appointment, she served as Dean of the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University (VSU) with oversight of Extension, Research and Academic Programs. Previously she was the Associate Administrator for Extension Programs and a 4-H Extension Specialist.

In spring 2019, Dr. Bronaugh launched the Virginia Farmer Stress Task Force to raise awareness and coordinate resources to address farmer stress and mental health challenges in Virginia. In the fall of 2020, she helped establish the Virginia Food Access Investment Fund and Program, the first statewide program of its kind to address food access within historically marginalized communities.

Dr. Bronaugh received her Ph.D. in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Tech. She is passionate about the advancement of youth leadership in agriculture. Dr. Bronaugh is from Petersburg, Virginia. She is married to Cleavon, a retired United States Army Veteran.

Department of the Army/Army Corps of Engineers:

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Mr. Jaime A. Pinkham was appointed to the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works on April 19, 2021, and is also serving as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

As the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, he establishes policy direction and supervises the Department of the Army functions relating to all aspect of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works program. These responsibilities include programs for conservation and development of the nation's water and wetland resources, flood control, navigation and aquatic ecosystem restoration.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Pinkham served as the executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission in Portland, Oregon, since 2017. Prior to that position, he was the vice president of the Bush Foundation, a private foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota. He led the Foundation’s Native nations program and worked with tribes across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota as they redesigned their governing systems. He spent the previous two decades in the Pacific Northwest advocating for tribal sovereignty, self- determination and treaty rights.

He has been a member of and served on numerous non-profit organizations, including the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society, American Rivers Board of Directors, Native Arts and Culture Foundation, Board of Trustees at Northland College in Wisconsin, and the Advisory Council for the Udall Center’s Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy at the University of Arizona. He is chairman emeritus for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and past president of the Intertribal Timber Council.

Mr. Pinkham received forestry degrees from Oregon State University (OSU) and Peninsula College. He is an OSU Alumni Fellow and also received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from OSU’s College of Forestry. He is a recipient of national awards from the Wilderness Society, the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, and the Intertribal Timber Council for his service to tribal communities.

He is a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe. He is married and has two daughters and three grandchildren. He enjoys fishing, hunting, and hiking. When he times his trips just right back home to Nez Perce Country, he can be found sitting around the drum singing the old songs in the old way.


Department of Commerce:



Walker B. Smith is the General Counsel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  

Prior to joining NOAA, Walker served as the Director of the Office of Global Affairs and Policy at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, negotiating and implementing environmental agreements, including the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and working with international partners including the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Health Organization, and the Environment Policy Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation. At EPA, Walker also served as the Director of the Office of Civil Enforcement, with responsibility for civil judicial and administrative enforcement of numerous environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, and statutes governing air pollution, waste, and chemicals.

Walker began her career as an environmental practitioner as a Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice, where she represented federal agencies, including EPA, NOAA, and the Department of Interior, in federal court actions to enforce environmental laws. She continued in roles of Senior Attorney, Assistant Section Chief, and Deputy Chief of the Section during her time with the Department of Justice.

Walker is a recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards and is a member of the Bar of Supreme Court of the United States.  She received her J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. 


Department of Defense:

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Mr. Steven J. Morani Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics

Steven J. Morani, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics. In this capacity he serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment in the oversight of logistics policies, procedures, resourcing and effectiveness to provide the required materiel readiness to support the war fighter. His logistics portfolio includes maintenance, supply, distribution, international logistics, weapon system product support, and logistics workforce development. He assumed his current position in October 2020. Mr. Morani previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness providing oversight of the Department’s $90 billion maintenance program. He also developed policies and procedures to ensure the Department meets statutory requirements to provide core depot level maintenance support of major weapon systems, military equipment and commodities. Mr. Morani enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in June 1983 as a heating and ventilation mechanic. In 1987 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Officer Training School program where he served in a variety of maintenance and logistics assignments at tactical, operational and strategic levels. After completing more than 28 years of active military service, he retired at the rank of colonel, last serving as the Chief, Materiel Support Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He transitioned to the federal civilian service in June 2011.

Department of Energy:

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Prior to his nomination as Deputy Secretary, Turk was the Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he focused on helping countries around the world tackle their clean energy transitions. He also directed reports on the digitalization of energy systems, the future of clean hydrogen, and a project tracking progress on a wide range of clean energy technologies.

During the Obama-Biden Administration, Turk coordinated international technology and clean energy efforts at DOE. During this time, he helped spearhead the launch of Mission Innovation—a global effort to enhance clean energy innovation.

Turk also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the U.S. National Security Council, where he coordinated interagency legislative affairs efforts by the full range of national security agencies and provided legislative advice to National Security Council decision-making. He also previously worked at the U.S. Department of State, including as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change and helping to coordinate New Start Treaty ratification efforts in the U.S. Senate.

 Earlier in his career, Turk worked in both the U.S. Senate, primarily on national security issues, and as the Staff Director of the National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight Committee.

Turk was born in Quito, Ecuador and raised in Rock Falls, Illinois. He is a graduate of both the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Virginia Law School. He and his wife, Emily Turk, have three children. 


Department of Homeland Security:

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Randolph D. “Tex" Alles became the Deputy Under Secretary for Management in July 2019. In his role, Mr. Alles oversees Department-wide management and oversight for all support functions, such as Information Technology, budget and financial management, procurement, human capital, security, and asset management.

Mr. Alles previously held several leadership positions at the Department of Homeland Security. Most recently, he served as the 25th Director of the United States Secret Service from April 2017 to April 2019. As Director, he was responsible for the successful execution of the dual Investigative and Protective missions of the Secret Service. He led a diverse work force, comprised of more than 7,000 Special Agents, Uniformed Division Officers, Technical Law Enforcement Officers, and administrative personnel.

He also held various positions in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), notably serving as Acting Deputy Commissioner, Acting Executive Assistant Commissioner of the Enterprise Services, and leading Air and Marine Operations as the Executive Assistant Commissioner.

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Alles served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 35 years, retiring in 2011 as a Major General. Throughout his military service, he gained extensive experience in flight training, standardization, operations, quality assurance, logistics, and aviation maintenance.

His squadron (VMFA-312) was awarded the 1997 Robert M. Hanson Award for Marine Corps Fighter Attack Squadron of the Year. His military honors include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with Combat V and Gold Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Air Medal with strike/flight numeral 8, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star.

Mr. Alles received his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. 


Department of the Interior:

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Tommy Beaudreau returns to Interior after serving for nearly seven years at the Department during the Obama-Biden administration, including as the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and Chief of Staff to Secretary Sally Jewell. Deputy Secretary Beaudreau has more than a decade of experience in energy development, environmental conservation, and Tribal consultation. He was born in Colorado, raised in Alaska, and currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.


Department of Transportation:

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Polly Trottenberg is Deputy Secretary at the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). As the number two official and Chief Operating Officer, she supports Secretary Buttigieg on providing leadership and strategic vision for USDOT. She has an extensive 25+ year public sector career in all levels of government. Trottenberg served from 2014 to 2020 as New York City’s Transportation Commissioner, where she ran a complex 5,800-person agency responsible for the safe, efficient, and equitable operations of New York City’s transportation network, including 6,000 miles of roadways, 789 bridges, the nation’s largest traffic operation and parking system, the Staten Island Ferry, and extensive bicycle, pedestrian, and public plaza infrastructure, as well as key initiatives in urban mobility, smart transportation technologies, and safety.

In New York, Trottenberg helped implement the landmark Vision Zero program, the first in the U.S., taking a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to significantly reduce traffic fatalities and injuries. She also led the New York City Department of Transportation through COVID-19 response and recovery, prioritizing transforming City streets to promote livability, sustainable transportation, and economic recovery.  

Trottenberg served in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary and Under Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation. During her previous five years at the Department, she developed and implemented transportation policies to address the needs of state and local transportation agencies on every type of project from roads and bridges, to transit and rail, to airports, ports, and pipelines. 

Trottenberg’s additional policy and managerial experience includes her time in the U.S. Senate, where she served Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Majority Leader Charles Schumer, and Senator Barbara Boxer. Trottenberg graduated from Barnard College and received her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


Environmental Protection Agency:

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Dr. Fine joined EPA after a 15 year career at the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Southern California. He previously served as the Deputy Executive Officer for the Planning, Rule Development & Area Sources Division, where he oversaw all activities of the Division, including development of State Implementation Plans and Air Quality Management Plans, strategies and regulations for air pollution control, meteorology and forecasting, air quality evaluation, air toxics risk assessment, emissions inventories, socioeconomic analyses, transportation programs, and enforcement for area sources.  Prior to this role, Dr. Fine’s previous responsibilities at South Coast AQMD included oversight of ambient air monitoring, laboratory services, quality assurance, and source testing.  Dr. Fine served on the California Air Resources Board’s legislatively-mandated Research Screening Committee, and has also served on several EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee expert panels.  Before joining the South Coast AQMD, Dr. Fine was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles where he taught courses and conducted extensive research on particulate pollution, air monitoring technologies, and exposure assessment.  He has over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications to date.  He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in Environmental Science & Engineering, and his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:

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Office of Energy Projects

Terry Turpin, Director

Terry Turpin is the Director of the Office of Energy Projects. The Office is responsible for siting infrastructure projects including licensing, administration, and safety of non-federal hydropower projects; authorization of interstate natural gas pipelines and storage facilities; and authorization and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. Terry started his career at the Commission in 1998 as a staff engineer where he was responsible for the review of natural gas pipeline applications. He then took on positions of increasing responsibility within the LNG program area and served as LNG Engineering Branch Chief and then LNG Engineering & Compliance Branch Chief. More recently, Terry served as Deputy Director of this office, and prior to that Director of the Division of Gas – Environment and Engineering within the Office of Energy Projects. In this role, Terry oversaw a multi-disciplinary staff in the preparation of environmental documents for proposed natural gas pipelines and LNG facilities.

Terry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer.


Department of Housing and Urban Development:

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Adrianne Todman is the 12th Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Deputy Secretary Todman has dedicated her career to improving people’s lives and strengthening communities through housing.

Deputy Secretary Todman served as the CEO of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) from 2017 to June 2021. During her tenure, Deputy Secretary Todman improved the association’s financial standing and business operations, created a member-centric culture, and advocated for funding and policies to preserve and develop affordable housing and help communities thrive.

Before joining NAHRO, Deputy Secretary Todman served as the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) from 2009 to 2017. At DCHA, Ms. Todman implemented a national award-winning model to house veterans experiencing homelessness, increased homeownership opportunities by 50 percent for low- and moderate-income families served by DCHA, increased the number of affordable units available in sub-markets experiencing rapid growth, and oversaw 12 concurrent large redevelopment efforts. She prioritized youth empowerment programs and workforce development, and commissioned the first citywide needs assessment of public housing residents.

Deputy Secretary Todman also served in several career positions at HUD. First, as a manager of HUD’s $500 million grant competition that focused on the redevelopment of distressed public housing sites, then as a policy aide in both the Office of Public and Indian Housing, and the Office of the Secretary where she worked with staff across HUD’s programs on policy solutions and streamlining implementation.

Deputy Secretary Todman believes that we have a responsibility to confront housing insecurity and help ensure access to good homes, to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination, and to build our nation’s housing infrastructure in a way that expands equitable access to housing for all people.

As Deputy Secretary, Todman will work alongside Secretary Fudge to ensure that HUD has the staff and tools it needs to administer and provide oversight over programs critical to supporting families and to moving the country forward.

Deputy Secretary Todman’s career in public service began in the office of then-Congressman Ron de Lugo, a long-serving delegate representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Todman was born and raised. She is a graduate of Smith College. She lives in Washington, D.C.


Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

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Daniel H. Dorman currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director for Reactor and Preparedness Programs and is responsible for leading the Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Nuclear Security and Incident Response and NRC’s four Regional Offices. He previously served as the Acting Deputy Executive Director for Materials, Waste, Research, State, Tribal, Compliance, Administration and Human Capital Programs in the Office of the Executive Director for Operations.
Mr. Dorman joined the NRC in 1991 as a project engineer in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR). He has served in senior management positions in the Offices of Nuclear Regulatory Research; Nuclear Security and Incident Response; Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards; and Nuclear Reactor Regulation. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Dorman served as Regional Administrator, Region I.
Prior to joining the NRC, Mr. Dorman served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy's nuclear power program with a subspecialty in joint intelligence operations. He received a bachelor's degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. He received the NRC's Meritorious Service Award in 1998 and the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award in 2008.


Office of Management and Budget:

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Jason Miller is the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget where he serves as the Federal Government’s chief operating officer. In this role, he coordinates government-wide management initiatives to protect, strengthen, and empower the Federal workforce, and ensure a more equitable, effective, and accountable Federal Government that delivers results for all Americans. Toward these goals, Mr. Miller leads the development and implementation of the President’s Management Agenda as Chair of the President’s Management Council.

Mr. Miller also is carrying out the President’s commitment to deliver prosperity, security, and opportunity to all Americans – including through implementation of the American Rescue Plan to help families and businesses recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and by harnessing the power of Federal procurement to support workers and manufacturers through the Made in America Initiative.

Most recently, Mr. Miller led the U.S. Trade Representative agency review team during the Biden-Harris transition and prior to that he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Washington Partnership, a civic alliance of employers in the Capital Region focused on issues of regional inclusive economic growth and prosperity that included building and operating a more reliable and accessible transportation system; driving improved digital skills workforce through enhanced programs at the K-12, community college, and undergraduate levels; and improving housing affordability.

 Previously, Mr. Miller served in the Obama-Biden White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the National Economic – leading the Administration’s economic policy development and coordination related to manufacturing and innovation, transportation and infrastructure, energy, entrepreneurship, and Puerto Rico.

Prior to the Obama-Biden Administration, Mr. Miller was a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco and with Marakon Associates in Chicago, where he advised large organizations across industries on strategic, financial and organizational issues.  Mr. Miller received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Miller currently resides with his wife and three children in Maryland.


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