Michael Walsh

Michael (Mike) Walsh is the Deputy Secretary for Administration at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).  A strong advocate for sustainability and LEED Green Associate, Mike was honored to join the GBA Board in December, 2019, and has partnered with GBA on various initiatives for more than a decade.

Mike joined DCNR in June, 2015, and his experience includes over two decades working in both the legislative and executive branches of state government and serving in appointed positions under three governors.  In his current role, Mike is responsible for the human resources, budget, and information technology operations of the agency.

Mike co-chairs the DCNR Sustainability Initiative, helping Pennsylvania’s conservation agency lead by example with innovative investments in renewable energy, EV and PHEV fleet vehicles, and statewide energy savings projects.  His focus on protecting our natural resources spans his career.

During his five years as Deputy Secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mike created the “Pathways to Green Schools” program that helped coordinate and promote energy efficiency, environmental education, and health and wellness programs in public and private schools.  Pennsylvania received national recognition by the U.S. Department of Education for these efforts.

As Director of Policy for Senator Allen Kukovich, Mike focused on land-use planning and urban revitalization issues and helped to launch the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County.  He received the first Founders Award from the organization in 2003.

Mike is a graduate of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe and received a Masters of Public Management degree from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University.