Michael Walsh, Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
A passion for public service is the reason why Mike Walsh has spent more than two decades working in Pennsylvania government.
His experience includes working in both the legislative and executive branches of state government and serving in appointed positions under three governors. In his current role as Deputy Secretary for Administration at DCNR, Mike manages the human resources, finance, and information technology operations of the agency responsible for Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forests.
At DCNR, Mike co-chairs the Sustainability Initiative, helping Pennsylvania’s conservation agency lead by example with innovative investments in renewable energy, EV and PHEV fleet vehicles, and statewide energy savings projects . His focus on protecting our natural resources spans his career. During his five years as Deputy Secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mike created the “Pathways to Green Schools” program that helped coordinate and promote energy efficiency, environmental education, and health and wellness programs in public and private schools. Pennsylvania received national recognition by the US Department of Education for these efforts. As Director of Policy for Senator Allen Kukovich, Mike focused on land-use planning and urban revitalization issues, and helped to launch the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County. He received the first Founders Award from the organization in 2003.
Mike, a LEED Green Associate, is a founding board member of three non-profit organizations: Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County, Central PA Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and the PA Green and Healthy Schools Partnership. He also serves on the Market Leadership Advisory Board of the Central Pennsylvania Green Building Council.
He is a graduate of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, and received a Master of Public Management degree from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University.
In January of 2019, Governor Tom Wolf released an Executive Order that, among other things, named energy efficiency as the leading solution to climate change and established the GreenGov Council to guide the state to its carbon reduction goals. Nine months into the Council’s tenure, we’ll sit down with the Deputy Secretaries to discuss their […]