Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Lisa Atkins as commissioner of the Arizona State Land Department.
Ducey announced the appointment Wednesday morning.
She replaces Vanessa Hickman, who resigned in January.
Atkins is the vice president for public policy at Greater Phoenix Leadership and has served for more than 20 years as chief of staff for former Arizona Congressman Bob Stump.
Prior, she was executive director of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona.
Atkins also serves as an elected member and board president of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (Central Arizona Project) and co-chair of the Arizona Military Affairs Commission.
She is an Arizona native and a graduate of the University of Arizona.
The Arizona State Land Department manages about 9.3 million acres of state trust lands in Arizona.
President and founder of Rose Law Group Jordan Rose said Atkins is a thoughtful person, well versed in all issues Arizona.
“We are lucky to have her lead this important department,” Rose said.