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[photo, John R. Griffin, Chief of Staff, Maryland Office of Governor] JOHN R. GRIFFIN
Chief of Staff, Office of Governor, 2013-15

Secretary of Natural Resources, 2007-13
Acting Secretary of Natural Resources, 2007

Secretary of Natural Resources, 1995-99
Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, 1984-95

Deputy Secretary, Department of Natural Resources, 1984-95. Member, Patuxent River Commission, 1984-88; Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission, 1991-94. Chair, Advisory Group on Forest Conservation, 1993.


Secretary of Natural Resources, March 17, 1995 to July 23, 1999. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 1995-99; Chesapeake Bay Commission, 1995-99; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 1995-99. Chair, Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay, 1995-99; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 1995-99. Co-Chair, Maryland Greenways Commission, 1995-99. Member, Maryland Civil War Heritage Commission, 1995-99; Governor's Construction Industry Employers' Advisory Council, 1995-99; Governor's Executive Committee on Drunk and Drugged Driving, 1995; Interagency Economic Growth, Resource Protection, and Planning Committee, 1995-99; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 1995-99; Governor's Pesticide Council, 1995-99; Seafood Marketing Advisory Committee, 1995-99; Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism (formerly Governor's Commission on Service), 1995-99; State Soil Conservation Committee, 1995-99; Transportation Enhancements Program Executive Committee, 1995-99; U.S. 301 South Corridor Transportation Study Task Force, 1996; Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 1996-99; Smart Growth and Neighborhood Conservation Subcabinet, 1998-99.

General Manager, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 1999-2004.

Co-Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Work Group, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2006-07.

Secretary of Natural Resources, March 15, 2007 to May 20, 2013. Resigned May 20, 2013. Acting Secretary of Natural Resources, January 17 to March 15, 2007. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2007-13; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2007-13; BayStat Subcabinet, 2008-13. Chair, Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2007-13; Rural Legacy Board, 2007-13; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2007-13. Co-Chair, Baltimore Washington Partners for Forest Stewardship, 2007-13; Executive Committee for Dredged Material Management Plans, 2007-13. Member, Task Force on Minority Participation in the Environmental Community, 2007; Task Force to Study the Boating Industry in Maryland, 2007-08; Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State's Water Resources (2005), 2007-08; Working Waterfront Commission, 2007-08; Maryland Clean Car and Energy Policy Task Force, 2007-10; Community Legacy Board, 2007-10; Task Force on Fishery Management, 2007-10. Board of Directors, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, 2007-13. Member, Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2007-13; Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2007-13; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2007-13; Blue Crab Task Force, 2007-13; Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2007-13; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2007-13; Climate Change Commission, 2007-13 (chair, adaptation & response working group, 2007-13); Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2007-13; Maryland Green Building Council, 2007-13; Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2007-13; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2007-13; Patuxent River Commission, 2007-13; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2007-13; Potomac River Fisheries Commission, 2007-13; Rural Maryland Council, 2007-13; Seafood Marketing Advisory Committee, 2007-13; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2007-13; Transportation Enhancements Program Executive Committee, 2007-13; Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, 2007-13 (transportation & capital infrastructure advisory committee); All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Task Force, 2008-09. Co-Chair, Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, 2008-13. Member, Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, 2008-13; Maryland Integrated Map Executive Committee, 2009-13; Maryland Green Jobs and Industry Task Force, 2010; Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, 2010-13; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2010-13. Chair, Cliff Erosion Steering Committee, 2010-13. Member, Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal, 2011 (chair, funding sustainable communities & growth work group, 2011); Invasive Plants Advisory Committee, 2011-13; Animal Waste Technology Fund Advisory Committee, 2012-13.

Member, Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Advisory Council, 2011-.

Chief of Staff, Office of Governor, May 20, 2013 to January 21, 2015.

Member, External Advisory Board, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2016-.

Committee Staff Director, Prince George's County Council, 1972-78 (director of legislative & budgetary affairs for standing committee).

Executive Assistant, Office of Governor, 1979-82. Senior staff, Office of Governor, 1982-84.

Born in Rochester, New York, April 25, 1946. Niagara University, B.A. (psychology & sociology), 1969; The Catholic University of America, M.A. (social work), 1972. Associate Vice-President and Regional Manager for Maryland and Virginia, Buchart-Horn, Inc., 2005-07. Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland School of Law, 2007. Vice-President, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology (advisory council). Chair, Scenic Maryland. Board of Directors, Annapolis Community Foundation. Distinguished Service Award, Maryland Municipal League, 1982; Distinguished Service Award, National Governors' Association, 1984. Conservation Leadership Award, Conservation Fund, 1998. Conservationist of the Year, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 1998, 1999. John V. Kabler Award, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 2012. Dr. Torrey C. Brown Award, Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2013. Sportsmen's Best Friend of the Year, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation, 2013. Married; five children.

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