of Environmental Conservation
Jason W. Brune was appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation on December 3, 2018. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Brune was the senior director of land and resources at Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), an Alaska Native Corporation. Mr. Brune oversaw and participated in the development and administration of CIRI’s 1.6 million acres of subsurface resources, including oil, gas, minerals, sand and gravel, and coal. He supervised the team’s staff, environmental contractors, stakeholder management, and legal review, while building relationships with CIRI’s villages. Mr. Brune also worked to identify priorities for addressing contaminated lands. Prior to working at CIRI, Mr. Brune worked for Anglo American as the company’s public affairs and government relations manager.
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
Thomas Cullen, Jr.
Office of Spill Prevention &
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.
1700 K Street, Ste. 250
Deputy Director for
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. He directs 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
Administrator for Land Quality Programs,
Lydia Emer is the Administrator for Land Quality programs with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. She has served as an administrator since 2014. The division focuses on leadership and direction for coordinated short and long range planning for programs and services provided by Cleanup and Emergency Response, Materials Management, and Hazardous Waste and Tanks to support our agency’s mission to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land and water.
Prior to finding a home in environmental quality programs, Lydia performed various roles over 14 years with the Oregon Public Health Division. Her primary focuses were on agency-wide performance improvement and accreditation, and leading efforts reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease in our state. Lydia received a M.S. in Public Administration and Development from the University of Birmingham (2009), United Kingdom.
Phone: (503) 229-5300
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
300 Desmond Dr.