About the Secretary of Natural Resources

Matthew Strickler

Matthew Strickler is the Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to joining the Administration, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to Democratic members of the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources. Originally from Lexington, Virginia, Matthew graduated from Washington and Lee University and holds master’s degrees in public policy and marine science from the College of William and Mary and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. He was a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in NOAA’s Office of International Affairs in 2007, and worked on U.S. Senator Mark Warner’s successful 2008 campaign. Immediately prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Matthew worked in the Virginia General Assembly as a legislative assistant to then-state Senator Ralph Northam.

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Angela Navarro

Angela Navarro is the Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources  for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has served in the position since 2015. In this role, Angela works on clean air, land conservation, historic preservation, and energy policies. Prior to her appointment, Angela spent five years in the Virginia office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, where she was a member of the Clean Energy and Air team. While at SELC, she led the organization's energy efficiency program across the Southeast and was the organization’s lead attorney on energy matters in Virginia. Angela is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Ann Jennings

Ann Jennings is the Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for the Chesapeake Bay under Secretary of Natural Resources Matt Strickler in the office of Governor Ralph Northam. Prior to her current position, she was the Virginia Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative commission created to advise the General Assemblies of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia on matters of Bay-wide concern.

Prior to the Commission, Ann served as the Virginia Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Ann’s career also includes work as a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Originally from Virginia Beach, Ann received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University. Ann is a graduate of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute and the Sorensen Institute’s Political Leaders Program.