DCNR welcomes Dunn as Acting Secretary
Gov. Tom Wolf’s appointee as Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary, Cindy Adams Dunn, began her first day on the job by greeting employees as they arrived to work on Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, in Harrisburg. She was joined in the lobby of the Rachel Carson State Office Building by John Quigley, the appointee for the Department of Environmental Protection.
In appointing Dunn to the post, Wolf said, "While previously at Conservation and Natural Resources, Cindy Dunn led a conservation landscape program that provided tens of millions of dollars annually for conservation and recreation throughout the commonwealth.
“Cindy has the experience to develop new programs and new policies that increase access to these invaluable assets and enhance our State Parks and State Forest facilities," Wolf said.
Prior to her appointment, Dunn served as President and CEO of PennFuture, a statewide environmental organization. Previously, she served as DCNR’s Deputy Secretary of Conservation and Technical Services. In that capacity, she led DCNR's Conservation Landscape program and oversaw the community conservation partnerships grant program, which provides $30-$60 million annually for conservation and recreation throughout the Commonwealth.
“It’s a privilege to serve Governor Wolf and the citizens of this state,” Dunn said. “I join staff in their passion for DCNR’s mission to provide all Pennsylvanians with incredible outdoor experiences and engage them in conservation. I intend to work with to further expand the department’s service and value to all citizens.”
Dunn's leadership posts over more than a decade at DCNR include oversight of the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation as well as the Office of Communications, Education and Partnerships.
Prior to joining DCNR, Dunn served as the executive director of Audubon Pennsylvania from 1997-2003, and was the Pennsylvania program director for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for 10 years.
Dunn holds a master's degree in biology from Shippensburg University. Her appointment requires confirmation in the Senate.
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