Ms. Theresa Leland

Deputy Administrator, DLA Strategic Materials

As Deputy Administrator of the Defense Logistics Agency Strategic Materials (DLA-SM), Ms. Leland serves as the principal advisor and consultant to the Administrator, supporting general oversight, management and control of all DLA-SM operations, including inventory management, environment management, market analysis and sales, supply chain assessments, requirements determination, critical material acquisitions, audit, development of legislation and congressional reporting.  These activities are in support of the DOD National Defense Stockpile (NDS), a program charged with the mission of reducing U.S. dependence upon foreign sources of strategic and critical materials during times of national emergency.

Ms. Leland was promoted to the Deputy Administrator position in July 2022.  She previously served for 7 years as Chief of the Environmental Management Division, DLA-SM, in the Material Management Directorate.  In that position, she had full program management for the quality assurance, environmental, occupational health and safety, and radiological programs for all DLA-SM strategic and critical materials, and facilities, nationwide. Prior to her assignment at DLA, she served as an Environmental Protection Specialist with the National Institute of Health (NIH), where she developed and managed the NIH Environmental Management System (NEMS).  She served in a cross-organizational capacity, chairing committees representing the administrative and scientific components of all 27 NIH institutes and Centers.  She led these committees in implementing environmental improvement and cost savings goals, NIH-wide.

Ms. Leland possesses an MS degree in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University and a BS degree in Biology from Villanova University.  She has over 20 years of federal experience.