FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2012
Commissioner Goldmark adds two seasoned professionals to executive ranks
Deputy for Aquatics and Geology along with Legislative and External Affairs positions filled
OLYMPIA – Megan Duffy joins the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as Deputy Supervisor for Aquatics and Geology, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced today.
Duffy comes to DNR from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) where she served as Executive Coordinator of the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office. Prior to that appointment, she was a policy and planning specialist with the RCO.
“Megan Duffy’s record of leadership and experience makes her well qualified to supervise DNR’s programs to protect the state’s aquatic lands,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “This responsibility includes setting policy for the clean-up and protection of Puget Sound as well as managing our geology programs to protect public safety.”
Before joining RCO, Megan was an associate with the environmental consulting firm of Ross & Associates, Seattle, where she analyzed policy and facilitated successful multi-stakeholder working groups for clients. Megan holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School and a B.A. in Law and Policy from American University. She is a member of the Washington State Bar.
Director of Legislative and External Affairs
Also joining Goldmark’s executive team today is Alicia Dunkin as Director of Legislative & External Affairs. From 2008-2011, Dunkin was Natural Resource Budget-Policy Assistant to Governor Gregoire in the Office of Financial Management. She was a Natural Resources Research Analyst in the House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research from 2003 to 2008.
Before joining state government, Dunkin worked for an engineering consulting firm where she managed environmental remediation projects, performed facility site assessments for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Program, and helped develop field methods for assessing environmental contaminants. Dunkin holds a Master of Public Administration from University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University.
DNR manages state trust lands
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned lands. Of these, more than half are state trust lands in forest, agriculture, wind energy and other production to earn income to support the state’s public schools, universities, prisons, and other institutions. In addition to revenue, DNR manages these lands to provide habitat for native fish and wildlife, clean water, outdoor recreation, and other public benefits.
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