Virginia Governor Ralph Northam today appointed Ann Jennings as Virginia’s Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources. Jennings has served for more than three years as Virginia Deputy Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources, helping to implement Governor Northam’s priorities for the Chesapeake Bay, water quality, and natural resources. She follows outgoing Natural and Historic Resources Secretary Matt Strickler, who has served in that role since Northam took office in 2018.
Jennings previously served as Virginia Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, where she worked with legislators from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania on Bay restoration. Prior to that, Jennings worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) for 18 years, for much of that time as CBF Virginia Executive Director.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Peggy Sanner issued this statement.
“Ann Jennings brings to her new position a broad and deep understanding of the issues facing Virginia’s environment. A scientist and environmental policy expert by training and experience, Ann approaches natural resources issues with a fidelity to the science, a deep love for the Commonwealth, and a commitment to improving the lives of Virginians.
“Jennings’ ability to work with people from all walks of life will enable her to implement Governor Northam’s blueprint for a restored Chesapeake Bay and a thriving environment across the Commonwealth that enhances the lives of all Virginians.
“We are grateful to Secretary Strickler for his commitment, hard work and many environmental achievements during his time in Governor Northam’s cabinet and wish him the very best as he continues his work protecting the environment.”
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