Task Force Executive Members

Alaska
Larry Hartig Commissioner, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Larry Hartig
Commissioner,
Alaska Department
of Environmental Conservation
 

Commissioner Larry Hartig of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation represents the Department on the Oil Spill Task Force. Hartig is an attorney with more than 20 years experience in environmental law, regulations, permits and land use issues. Prior to his appointment in 2007 by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, he was in private practice as an attorney with the Anchorage law firm of Hartig Rhodes Hoge & Lekisch, PC. Joining the firm in 1983, Mr. Hartig worked primarily on environmental, natural resources, and commercial matters.

Phone:(907) 465-5065
Fax: (907) 465-5070
Larry.hartig@alaska.gov

Mailing Address:
Department of
Environmental Conservation
410 Willoughby Ave.
Juneau, AK 99811-1800
(Delivery)

PO Box 111800
Juneau, AK 99811-1800
(Mailing)

Canada
Photo: MARK ZACHARIAS DEPUTY MINISTER, MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

Mark Zacharias
Deputy Minister,
British Columbia Ministry of
Environment & Climate Change Strategy
 

Mark was appointed Deputy Minister for Environment August, 2017. Mark is currently Deputy Minister (DM), Ministry of Environment with British Columbia. He joined the provincial government in 1995 working on land and marine planning issues and has since worked in eight different ministries in a variety of increasingly senior capacities.  Since 2008 he has held ADM positions in post-secondary education, land management, and environment within the BC public service.

Mark is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Victoria and Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre. He has published extensively in the field of ecology and conservation and his second book, titled, Marine Policy: An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans was published in 2014.

Phone: (778) 698-4908
Fax: (250) 387-6003
Mark.Zacharias@gov.bc.ca

Mailing Address:
BC Ministry of Environment
P. O. Box 9339, Stn. Prov. Govt
Victoria, BC
Canada V8W 9M1

California
Thomas M. Cullen Jr. Administrator Office of Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR) California Department of Fish & Game

Thomas Cullen, Jr.
Administrator
Office of Spill Prevention &
Response (OSPR)
California Department
of Fish & Wildlife
 

Thomas M. Cullen Jr. was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the Administrator of the California Office of Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR) in June 2012. He also serves as one of two Chief Deputy Directors of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Mr. Cullen directs a team of scientists, environmental specialists, game wardens, and support personnel in protecting and preserving 3,427 miles of shoreline and 7,734 square miles of State waters from oil and other deleterious substances as well as invasive, non-indigenous marine species.

Phone: (916)445-9326
Cell: (916)599-6988
Fax: (916)324-9786
Thomas.Cullen@wildlife.ca.gov

Mailing Address:
Department of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
(Mailing)

1700 K Street, Ste. 250
Sacramento, CA 95811
(Direct)

Hawaii

Keith Kawaoka
Deputy Director for
Environmental Health
Hawaii Department of Health 
 

Keith Kawaoka, D.Env., who has been with the Hawaii Department of Health for more than 15 years, has been appointed Deputy Director of Environmental Health. Gov. David Ige confirmed his appointment in April, 2015.

Dr. Kawaoka has extensive environmental health expertise. He brings to the position more than 35 years of experience in the environmental protection field from both the public sector and private industry. Most recently, he has been the program manager with the Department of Health’s Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) Office. In that role, Kawaoka was instrumental in evaluating risks of hazardous materials to protect the health of the people of Hawaii and our fragile environment.

He will direct the Department’s Environmental Health Administration, which includes the Environmental Management Division, Environmental Health Services Division, and State Laboratories Division, and the HEER Office.

Prior to joining the Hawaii Department of Health, he held various senior level positions in both national and local environmental consulting firms.

Kawaoka holds a master’s degree in public and environmental health and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering, both from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Phone: (808) 586-4249
Fax: (808) 586-4368
keith.kawaoka@doh.hawaii.gov

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Health
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801-3378

 

Oregon
Photo: Richard Whitman Director Department of Environmental Quality

Richard Whitman
Director
Department of Environmental
Quality
 

 

Phone: (503) 229-5300
Fax: (503) 229-6762
richard.whitman@state.or.us

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Environmental Quality
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite #600
Portland OR 97232

Washington
Dale Jensen Program Manager, Department of Ecology Spill Prevention, Preparedness & Response Program

Dale Jensen
Program Manager,
Washington Department of
Ecology Spill Prevention,
Preparedness & Response Program
 

Program Manager Dale Jensen, Department of Ecology Spill Prevention, Preparedness & Response Program, represents the Department of Ecology on the Oil Spill Task Force. Previous to joining the Spills Program, Dale served as manager in the Department of Ecology’s Air Quality and Toxics Cleanup programs. Prior to state service, Dale was a small business owner/operator in retail, agriculture, and environmental consulting.

Phone: (360) 407-7450
Cell: (360) 790-8143
Fax: (360) 407-7288
dale.jensen@ecy.wa.gov

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Ecology
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
(Mailing)

300 Desmond Dr.
Lacey, WA 98503
(Direct)